Legal news from Saturday, February 26, 2005
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] African leaders lifted sanctions against Togo [JURIST Country archive] Saturday following the resignation of Togolese president Faure Gnassingbe [BBC profile] late Friday evening. Gnassingbe's decision to step down came amid regional and international pressure for his resignation after he was put into power by the nation's military following the [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has ordered the release of six more Guantanamo Bay [JURIST Hot Topic] and ordered a further 30 to remain in custody at the prison camp. The releases were ordered Friday after Combatant Status Review Tribunals [DOD press release] determined the detainees were not "enemy combatants". The [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Sergeant Kevin Benderman will face a general court-martial on charges of desertion and missing movement [JURIST report] after he failed to report for his unit's deployment flight to Iraq on January 7, according to a military spokesman at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Benderman contends he became opposed to [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois lawmakers presented legislation Friday that could end the current state moratorium on executions. House Bill 2704 [text] calls for "guilt beyond any doubt" to replace the current penalty phase standard in capital cases of "guilt beyond a reasonable doubt." Jurors would still find guilt or innocence under the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Yemeni appeals court Saturday upheld a death sentence against Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [Wikipedia profile], a Saudi militant suspected of being a close associate of Osama Bin Laden. Nashiri and fellow militant Jamal al-Badawi had received death penalties for their role in the 2000 attack on the USS Cole [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Struggling Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website] has asked that a US court reconsider its bid for bankruptcy protection. Yukos sought a new trial late Friday after Judge Leticia Clark Thursday dismissed [JURIST report] the company's initial bid to declare bankruptcy. The retrial motion relies on a section of [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile], widely known for his high-profile investigations of terror and human rights cases, has urged an investigation into the crimes of former Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco [Wikipedia profile]. Garzon, who has attempted to try former Chilean President Augusto Pinochet and al Qaeda leader [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] In an unexpected move Saturday, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile] ordered a change in the country's election laws to allow multiple candidates to run in presidential elections. The change would allow for the first multi-candidate election in Egypt since the 1952 revolution. The announcement comes in the wake [read more]

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