Legal news from Sunday, January 30, 2005
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Late reports out of the northern Iraqi city of Mosul [Wikipedia profile] Sunday say that the poll there, although it drew more voters than expected, was burdened by glaring irregularities, perhaps not surprising in view of the fact that the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website] had to [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian-based International Mission for Iraqi Elections [official website], a multinational group of election experts set up in December to monitor the January 30 vote and make recommendations for improvements in the Iraqi electoral process, issued a preliminary report from its offices in Amman, Jordan, on Sunday praising the [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Another former Guantanamo Bay prisoner has come forward with allegations of torture and abuse by US personnel. Sunday's UK Independent newspaper has disclosed that British national Moazzam Begg [Cageprisoners.com profile], one of four Britons released from the facility last week [JURIST report], wrote a 25-page report of his imprisonment [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq has backtracked on a widely-reported estimate by one of its officials earlier Sunday who had suggested that some 72% of Iraqis eligible to vote had gone to the polls. In a cautionary statement the IECI said:Turnout figures recently announced represent the enormous and [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The president of Germany's Constitutional Court [official website] said Sunday that despite the failure of past government efforts, the extreme right-wing National Democratic Party (NPD) [party website] could still be banned under German law, renewing interest in outlawing the controversial group. Using procedural grounds, the Constitutional Court overturned the [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi voters turned out in their millions Sunday, braving threats of a bloodbath at the polls to cast their ballots in the first democratic elections in the country in more than half a century. One official with the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq [official website] estimated a nationwide turnout [read more]

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