Legal news from Monday, December 27, 2004
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Nearly 6250 candidates have registered for Iraq's national assembly election next month, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) has reported. Once in place, Iraq's 275-member assembly will draft a constitution and appoint a new government to oversee the county until a presidential ballot is held at the end [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych refused to accept apparent defeat at the country's polls Monday, declaring that he would "never recognise such a defeat, because the constitution and human rights were violated" and that his campaign team had reports of 5000 complaints about the conduct of the vote. As [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Sri Lanka government official said Monday that his government had set aside ordinary legal formalities to facilitate rapid burial of the thousands of victims of Sunday's tsunami that killed more than 10,000 in Sri Lanka alone, according to preliminary figures, and over 23,000 in the region. The tidal [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Jordanian military court has acquitted 13 Muslim militants of conspiring to commit terrorist attacks against US interests in Jordan, including the US Embassy in Amman and Jordanian military bases where US troops were believed to be stationed. The attacks were never carried out and the suspects were arrested [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] With more than 98% of Sunday's vote counted, Ukrainian election officials have announced that opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko has an undefeatable lead of 52% in the country's third presidential election since October 31. Yushchenko thanked his supporters and called on them to take to the streets to defend his [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] In a gesture of goodwill to the new Palestinian leadership, Israel Monday released 159 Palestinian prisoners. Interim Palestinian leader and presidential frontrunner Mahmoud Abbas (official website here; BBC profile here) has campaigned on the prisoner release issue and has called for more of the 7,000 Palestinians in Israeli jails [read more]

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