Legal news from Sunday, March 6, 2005
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi deputy prime minister Barham Salih said Sunday that the transitional national assembly chosen in the January 30 elections [JURIST Hot Topic news archive] and responsible for drafting a permanent constituton for Iraq replacing the current Transitional Administrative Law [text] would meet for the first time March 16. The [read more]

19:03 EDT

[JURIST] More recently-declassified notes of some Guantanamo detainees' conversations with their defense attorneys include allegations that US personnel at the camp repeatedly mocked Islam, made disparaging remarks, and took religiously-abusive actions such as that of a prison barber in cutting the shape of a cross into a detainee's hair. The [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] An Israeli cabinet minister has called for the Palestinian Authority to reverse a decision publicized Thursday [BBC report] to reintroduce capital punishment and to immediately stay the scheduled execution of accused collaborators with Israel [PCHR news release on two death sentences handed down December 2004]. The call by Natan [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Some 60 European survivors and relatives of victims of the December 26 South Asia tsunami [JURIST Hot Topic news archive] led by controversial personal injury lawyer Edward Fagan [NYLJ report] formally filed suit in New York Friday against the Thai government, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA; [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors have questioned Italian journalist Giuliana Sgrena, who was wounded late Friday by US forces [JURIST report] after she was released by her kidnappers at the end of a month-long hostage ordeal. An Italian security agent was killed in the incident. Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi angrily summoned [read more]

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