International brief ~ Milosevic allowed to conduct his own defense again

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic (BBC profile here) was awarded the right to run his own legal defense Monday by the Appellate Division of the International Criminal Tribunal for ther Former Yugoslavia. Milosevic's failing health had resulted in that right being revoked on the grounds that he lacked competency to properly conduct his case. Defense counsel that were later assigned to him disputed the ruling, indicating that Milosevic would not co-operate with them and that he should have the right to specify his own method of defense. The appellate court agreed so long as Milosevic's health permits, but has required that the appointed counsel stay attached to the case to protect Milosevic's rights as a defendant. Read the ruling here. Read the ICTY press release here.... Martial law was imposed in the interior province of Henan in China following riots and fighting between ethnic groups. Locals say the conflict between the majority Han community and the minority Hui muslim community are rare, but unofficial reports have placed a confirmed seven deaths at the door of the riots, and the entire province is reporting similar violence. Chinese official media have not run any stories about the violence and locals claim that a news blackout has been imposed in the affected regions. Martial law creates greatly expanded police powers and allows for the use of the military in purely civilian matters. Reuters has more.... The peace talks in Nairobi between the Sudanese government and the armed militias adjourned Monday for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The talks had been working towards a stabilization agreement for the ravaged Darfur region of Sudan. Early reports have minor officials resuming talks on November 26 and Sudanese Vice-President Ali Osman Taha and Sudan People's Liberation Movement/Army (SPLM/A) leader John Garang meeting again on December 11. JURIST's Paper Chase has background on Sudan. The Sudan Tribune has more.... UN peacekeepers have arrested over 200 in Liberia following days of riots there that hopsitalized more than 200 and killed 14. The violence followed the deadline Sunday that all weapons be turned in to UN Peacekeepers. UN envoy Jacques Klein termed the violence 'the death throes of the [old] regime' and said that since tribal differences no longer seem to be a flashpoint for violence, the rebels are seizing on religious differences; several churches and mosques were attacked in the rioting. Klein denied that there was any threat to the permanent stability of the country. BBC News has more.



 

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