Legal news from Saturday, June 25, 2005
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Sixteen US House members visited the Guantanamo Bay detention center [JTF-Guantanamo official website] on Saturday, with a Senate delegation to follow. The trip was planned in response to mounting concerns on both sides of the partisan aisle [JURIST report] about alleged human rights violations at the prison. Military officials [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [Wikipedia profile; campaign website in Farsi], the relatively-moderate cleric and former president of Iran who lost Friday's run-off election to hardline conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Wikipedia profile, campaign website in Farsi], contended Saturday that there had been what he called "organized and illegal" efforts to ensure his [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A bill due to be considered in the Russian state Duma next week would allow Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] to circumvent the two-term limit on presidents set by the Russian Constitution [text in English]. The legislative amendment introduced Thursday by United Russia [party website in Russian] lawmaker [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan began to register voters Saturday for the parliamentary elections scheduled for September 18, a day after UN Special Representative Jean Arnault [official profile] told the UN Security Council that greater security will be necessary [excerpt of statement] to prevent violence at the polls. The Wolesi Jirga and Provincial [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge ruled Saturday that Calisto Tanzi [profile], founder and CEO of Italian dairy and juice company Parmalat [corporate website], will stand trial in the $18 billion fraud case that caused the company's downfall. Parmalat Finanziaria SpA admitted in 2003 that a $5 billion account with Bank of [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A jury found Donald Fell guilty for murder in federal court Friday allowing the jurors to next determine if he should receive the death penalty, which has not been applied in Vermont for nearly 50 years. In November 2000, Fell and his friend kidnapped Terry King in Vermont and [read more]

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