Legal news from Sunday, December 5, 2004
21:12 EDT

[JURIST] US military officials said Sunday that five soldiers who refused to go on a supply mission in Iraq on October 13 will not be court-martialed. The soldiers, and other members of the Army's 343rd Quartermaster Company, were under investigation after refusing to make a supply run in a dangerous [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Supporters of Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko maintained their siege of government buildings on Sunday. Yuschenko has encouraged supporters to keep up the pressure until President Leonid Kuchma fires Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and electoral reforms are approved to ensure that the new run-off on December 26 is fair. [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Romania has demanded that a US Marine previously employed as an embassy guard return to the country to face charges for killing a man while driving intoxicated. The Romanian Foreign Ministry has sent an official letter to the US Embassy in Bucharest requesting that diplomatic immunity be lifted and [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico has arrested 17 law enforcement officials including federal, state and local investigators, prosecutors and police officers, on charges of homicide, accessory to murder and protecting drug dealers. Some of those arrested are members of Mexico's Federal Agency of Investigation and the coordinator of the federal attorney general's headquarters. [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] In exchange for Israel's release of six Egyptian students, Egypt Sunday freed Azzam Azzam, an Israeli Arab man serving a 15-year sentence for espionage. Azzam, a textile factory owner, was convicted in 1997 after police accused him of using invisible ink to transmit messages. Israel has denied he was [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Hungarians vote today on whether 2.5 million ethnic Magyars, living outside Hungary in Romania and Ukraine, should be granted Hungarian citizenship. Critics believe granting citizenship rights will cause mass migrations and drain the country's budget by burdening welfare, health and education programs. Opinion polls show that a majority of [read more]

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