Legal news from Sunday, July 31, 2005
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] may be able to serve his expected prison sentence in Russia close to where his wife lives, according to a plan being supported by officials in the US and United Kingdom and reported in London's Sunday Times. Milosevic's trial [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lead Democrats in the US Senate spoke out Sunday against President Bush's expected recess appointment [JURIST report] of John Bolton [official profile] as UN ambassador without a confirmation by Congress, saying he "lacks credibility" and would be "damaged goods." Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) [official website] told "Fox News Sunday" [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Yemen's foreign minister said Sunday that the US has officially agreed to release seven Yemenis currently being held at the US terror detention camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Abu Bakr al-Qirbi said a date has not been determined for the prisoners' hand-over and authorities have been told [read more]

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[JURIST] A spokesperson for the London Metropolitan Police [official website] said Sunday that they have made seven more arrests of individuals believed to have been involved in the July 21 London bombing attempts [JURIST report]. The arrests were made during raids on two buildings in Brighton, England. Meanwhile police in [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] In the latest controversy surrounding Australia's detention of illegal immigrants seeking asylum [JURIST report], the private company responsible for running the detention camps for asylum-seekers has been fined $378,286 for mistreating 5 detainees. Global Solutions Limited [official website] was fined after an investigation revealed that during a seven hour [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] During a speech Saturday, former US President Jimmy Carter called the war in Iraq "unnecessary and unjust", and referred to the US detention of terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] an "embarrassment". In June, Carter had joined others calling for the shutdown of the camp [JURIST report]. [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] In Tokyo, thousands of demonstrators gathered outside a conference held by the Article 9 Association [official website] Saturday to protest proposed changes to Japan's constitution [text] that would eliminate Article 9, otherwise known as the pacifist clause. Article 9, drafted under Allied forces occupation following World War II, provides:Aspiring [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's constitutional drafting committee [official website] announced Sunday that it will submit a formal request to the Iraqi National Assembly Monday to extend the committe's current August 1 draft due date by 30 days. The committee was expected to submit a draft to the National Assembly on August 1, [read more]

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