Legal news from Saturday, January 29, 2005
23:01 EDT

[JURIST] The polls have opened in Iraq's first democratic election in a half-century. Stay tuned for continuous updates on our special Iraqi Elections website. [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Central Command reported late Saturday that the last UN-made ballots, printed by a special process in Switzerland to reduce the threat of fraud, have been delivered to polling stations in Baghdad as Iraq prepares to conduct its first free elections since 1944. Read the Central Command press release. [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A UN appeal to European Union countries to draft a joint resettlement policy that would allow for acceptance of more refugees was met with reluctance Saturday by European justice and immigration ministers gathered in Brussels. UN High Commissioner for Refugees Ruud Lubbers [official profile] called on EU states to [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Colombia officials in Bogota have announced the end of a dispute with Venezuela [JURIST report] over the capture of leftist rebel leader Rodrigo Granda [Rebelion report]. Colombian officials have acknowledged paying bounty hunters to capture Granda, a spokesperson for the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [faction website], on [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Insurgents attacked a police station Saturday in Khanaqin near the border with Iran, killing eight people and making a total of seventeen killed across the country on the eve of elections. The latest attacks came even as security forces barricaded streets, sealed the border, and closed Baghdad airport. Sunni [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission [AIHRC official website], a watchdog group supported by the UN and set up pursuant to the 2001 Bonn Agreement [text], called on the international community and the US-backed Afghan government [official website> Saturday to aid in the prosecution of war criminals. After more [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The execution of serial killer Michael Ross [About.com profile] was postponed early Saturday morning one hour before it was scheduled to take place [JURIST report]. Ross attorney T.R. Paulding, hired by Ross last year to speed the execution process, asked for a delay until Monday citing a possible conflict [read more]

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