Legal news from Saturday, September 25, 2004
20:09 EDT

British police confirmed Saturday that they had arrested four men in London under new British anti-terrorism legislation. The police used authority from section 41 of the Terrorism Act, which allows a constable to make an arrest without a warrant in certain instances of suspected terrorism. The men were arrested under [read more]

19:09 EDT

A court-martial Saturday in Tikrit sentenced US Army Specialist Federico Merida to 25 years in prison for murdering a member of the Iraqi National Guard in May, 2004. Merida had pleaded guilty to the killing. In addition to the 25 year sentence, Merida will be dishonorably discharged and will receive [read more]

17:09 EDT

California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed a bill into law Friday that will require the state Department of Justice to post information on convicted sex offenders - in the public domain since the state passed "Megan's Law" in 1996 - online on the internet. Currently the information is available by travelling [read more]

15:09 EDT

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour has charged the Sudanese government with downplaying the severity of the sexual abuse being endured by women in the Darfur region. Sudan has admitted to the presence of rape, but denies that there is any systematic plan or program of rape, instead [read more]

15:09 EDT

Former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet was questioned today by Judge Juan Guzman concerning knowledge he may have had about the kidnapping and torture of 19 Chileans during the 1970s and 80s. Pinochet was held unfit for trial in the United Kingdom in 2001 and returned to Chile. Last month the [read more]

15:09 EDT

German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer critized Italy Saturday for being opposed to Germany's admission to the UN Security Council without at least putting itself forward to ensure greater European representation. Germany is one of the so-called 'G-4' nations - also including India, Brazil, and Japan - pushing for permanent membership, [read more]

11:09 EDT

Army reservist Pfc. Lynndie England will face a court-martial, a military judge decided on Saturday. England, 21, is one of seven US soldiers facing charges of abuse against Iraqi prisoners at Abu Ghraib. England and the other soldiers were implicated by a series of photographs depicting cruel and dehumanizing acts [read more]

11:09 EDT

The leaders of India and Pakistan met in New York Friday in hopes of finding a peaceful resolution to curtail intermittent fighting between the two nations. The countries have had a tumultuous relationship for over 50 years, and have continually fought for ownership over the mountainous region of Kashmir, which [read more]

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