Legal news from Monday, August 15, 2005
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] After signing amended provisions of the Palestinian Basic Law [text] relating to elections over the weekend, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas announced Monday that parliamentary elections delayed in July [JURIST report] because of problems with the electoral law are now set for January 21, 2006. Palestinian Islamic resistance group Hamas [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Justice attorneys asked a US District Court Monday to replace the judge presiding over an Indian trust class-action lawsuit filed in 1996. Class representatives in Corbell v. Norton [IndianTrust.com overview] are suing to force the federal government to account for billions of dollars belonging to approximately [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] In an interview [in German] with the German Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper to be published Tuesday, Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel [official profile], whose country is scheduled to take over the six-month rotating EU presidency from the UK at the beginning of 2006, has suggested that EU countries make another [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's corporations and securities law brief, the New York Stock Exchange says it has censured and fined Merrill Lynch for what it called "supervisory and operational lapses." In a press release, the NYSE indicated it has fined the brokerage giant $10 million for, among other things, failure to [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the Rhode Island Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments today on whether a casino proposed by the Narragansett Indian tribe [tribe website] and the Las Vegas-based Harrah's Entertainment would be a constitutional expansion of gambling. Last year, the Supreme Court declared [PDF text] the [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi National Assembly has voted unanimously to allow a seven-day extension to allow Iraq's constitutional committee [official website] time to finish drafting the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive]. From Baghdad, the Iraq the Model weblog carries updates on the parliamentary session as broadcast on Al-Iraqia TV. The extension [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's National Assembly has just convened its Monday evening session to consider Iraq's draft constitution [JURIST news archive]. As reported earlier today on JURIST's Paper Chase, there have been conflicting reports over whether an agreement on the draft has actually been reached. Nasar al-Rubaie, a Shiite lawmaker, has said [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Senior Teheran Prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi said Monday it was a lie that jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji [Wikipedia profile; advocacy website], who supporters claim has not eaten for 67 days, was on hunger strike. The situation involving Ganji has provoked comments of concern from the White House, European Union [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] Monday ordered an investigation into the operations of the multi-billion dollar procurement division of the United Nations. Annan said UN Controller Warren Sachs would oversee the division while an independent commission probes earlier charges and the charges stemming from the latest report [PDF [read more]

14:08 EDT

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14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia and Muslim Aceh rebels on Monday signed a historic peace accord [PDF text; JURIST report] to end decades of fighting that killed thousands of people. Along with cessation of all hostilities, the separatists have dropped their long-held demands for independence and agreed to put down their arms and [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian Minister of Prisoners' Affairs Sufian Abu Zaydeh said Monday that the Palestinian Authority is demanding that the Israeli government release some 650 prisoners arrested during the Israeli settlement process of the Gaza Strip [JURIST news archive]. Palestinian officials have hailed the withdrawal as a truly meaningful step in [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a Shiite member of Iraq's constitutional committee [official website] is saying that an agreement, on all but two issues, will be referred to Iraq's National Assembly. As of Monday morning, the committee charged with drafting the Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] had reached agreement on [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A three judge panel of Israel's High Court Sunday rejected a petition to prevent Israeli Defense Forces [official website] personnel from being employed to seal off areas of the Gaza Strip after the current Israeli settlers there have been removed in accordance with the Israeli withdrawal plan. The panel, [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile, official website in Farsi] has appointed Ali Larijani [Wikipedia profile] as Secretary of Supreme National Security Council, a position that carries the responsibility of negotiating with European nations concerning Iran's continued insistence on refining uranium [IAEA backgrounder]. Larijani, former head of the state [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Bill Lockyer announced Monday that Reliant Energy [corporate website] and California, Oregon, Washington and three other utility companies, have reached a financial settlement for legal claims against Reliant concerning its alleged price-gouging and manipulation of energy costs during the 2000 and 2001 California energy crisis [CNN [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ahmed Salman Dawd al-Zubaidi, Ahmed Muthanna Jassem Ahmed Al-Aani, and Mohammed Mahdi Abderrahman Aasi al-Kanani, all Iraqi intelligence agents under the Saddam Hussein regime, entered pleas of not guilty Monday as they were arraigned before a Yemeni court for allegedly plotting to destroy the US and British [official websites] [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] China's UN Ambassador, Wang Guangya [official profile], indicated on Sunday that China was opposed to the call for an end-of-the-year deadline for UN reform [UN website] by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile]. Annan originally wanted an agreement reached by the second week of September, just prior to the [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan journalist Andrew Mwenda [Wikipedia profile], a reporter for KFM Radio, was arraigned and released on bail Monday, following his plea of not guilty to charges of sedition, allegedly committed when he "uttered words with the intention to bring into hatred or contempt or to excite dissatisfaction against the [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein will hear arguments Monday from US Department of Defense lawyers and attorneys from the ACLU [advocacy website] concerning whether photos taken by Spc. Joseph M. Darby [Wikipedia profile] of Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] will pose a danger to US military personnel [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] In the first national poll conducted by the government in Iraq, over two-thirds of all respondents said they favored increased rights for women, so long as those rights did not violate the teachings of Islam. The poll, which was conducted by a sub-committee of the Iraqi Constitutional Commission [official [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Non-Governmental Organisations Co-ordinating Board of Kenya [government website] may be empowered to conduct tighter reviews of the legal status of NGOs operating in Kenya, after several members of the Kenyan Parliament [government website] raised loud objections over the weekend concerning a report detailing nearly 1 Billion in Kenyan [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that, according to a Shiite lawmaker, Monday's Iraqi parliament session on the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] has been postponed for two hours. The draft constitution must be submitted to the National Assembly Monday in order to comply with provisions in Iraq's Transitional Administrative Law [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [Wikipedia profile] said Monday that the country will hold a referendum on September 29 on a draft charter for peace and national reconciliation for those involved in the instability and conflicts of the last 13 years. The proposal allows cases to be dropped against those [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] During a Sunday rally co-sponsored by the conservative Christian groups Family Research Council [advocacy website] and Focus on the Family [advocacy website], leaders slammed "judicial tyranny" and said the goal of the event was to educate evangelical Christians about the US Supreme Court [official website] and about judges that [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Shiite and Kurdish leaders said Monday that they are prepared to submit the draft of Iraq's new constitution [JURIST news archive] to parliament, just meeting the August 15 deadline, even in the face of Sunni Arab objections. Though it could cause an increase in insurgent attacks, Shiite politician Hassan [read more]

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