Legal news from Sunday, August 7, 2005
21:08 EDT

[JURIST] Benon Sevan [UN profile], the former head of the UN Oil-for-Food Program [official website], resigned from his current honorary position at the UN Sunday one day before an independent panel [Independent Inquiry Committee website] investigating corruption charges and program irregularities was due to present a new report on its [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] British police Sunday charged three more individuals, including two alleged bombers, in the ongoing investigation into the July 21 attempted terror bombings in London. Muktar Said Ibrahim, 27, and Ramzi Mohammed, 23 were charged with conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to cause explosions and possession of an explosive [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz told reporters Saturday that he would consider invoking administrative detention [Amnesty International overview] - traditionally used against Palestinians, allowing them to be held without charge or trial - against all extremists, including Jews, who participate in illegal protests designed to disturb the upcoming Gaza [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US ambassador to Iraq met with interim Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari Saturday, warned that the US would not tolerate a new Iraqi constitution that would oppress women or other religious sects. Zalmay Khalilzad [US Department of State profile] delivered the message one day after Al-Jaafari met with several [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that Israeli Finance Minister Benjamin Netanyahu resigned unexpectedly Sunday to protest next week's Gaza pullout [JURIST report]. Netanyahu cited the danger of terror operations that could be launched against Israel from the ceded territory if the pullout occured. Despite the resignation, the Israeli cabinet gave final [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] All legal proceedings in the West Bank and Gaza came to an abrupt halt Saturday after all Palestinian Authority judges went on strike. According to reports, the judges went on strike after repeated calls for increased courtroom and personal security were not met. Last week, the home of Chief [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Officials in London have issued the first set of formal charges in the failed July 21 London bombings [JURIST news archive]. Somali national Yassin Hassan Omar was charged Saturday with four criminal counts, including conspiracy to murder, attempted murder, and possession of explosives. Human rights groups in Britain have [read more]

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