Legal news from Saturday, November 12, 2005
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[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile] Saturday criticised [press release] Syria [JURIST news archive] for its "arbitrary detention" of human rights activists "including Kamal Labwani and all the prisoners of conscience from the Damascus Spring" during a conference in Bahrain attended by Arab leaders. The Damascus Spring [read more]

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[JURIST] Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [ANC profile] was formally indicted by a Durban magistrate court Saturday on corruption charges stemming from his relationship with his financial advisor Schabir Shaik who was sentenced [JURIST report] in June to 15 years in prison for bribery and fraud. The trial, [read more]

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[JURIST] Attorneys acting on behalf of over a dozen Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] disaster victims have filed a complaint [PDF text] seeking class action status against the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) [official website] and other government agencies. The lawsuit accuses FEMA of wrongfully denying the plaintiffs temporary housing [read more]

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[JURIST] Serbian Defense Minister Zoran Stankovic said Friday on Serbian state television that Theodor Meron, president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive], had threatened Serbia with "excommunicat[ion] from Euro-Atlantic integration" if it failed to turn over indicted war criminal Ratko Mladic [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] may reconsider Thursday's 49-42 vote [JURIST report] to deny Guantanamo prisoners habeas corpus access to federal courts to contest their detentions as early as next week, according to negotiators on the issue. Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) [official website] is expected to introduce an additional [read more]

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[JURIST] Thousands of Paris police officers are enforcing a new ban on public rallies in the French capital "likely to start or fuel disorder" declared under emergency powers [JURIST report] granted to local authorities in the wake of widespread rioting by immigrant youths. Police said the ban, set to last [read more]

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[JURIST] Colombia's Constitutional Court [official backgrounder] on Friday voted 7-2 to approve the country's new Electoral Guarantees Law, establishing clear rules to prevent incumbent presidents who run for re-election from exploiting their power for political gain. The announcement follows last month's approval of a constitutional amendment [JURIST report] that allows [read more]

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[JURIST] Two UN legal experts from the Office of the High Commissioner for Refugees [official website] will travel to North Korea [JURIST news archive] later next week to conduct a legal training session designed to improve understanding of UN treaties and their implications. Training leader Palitha Kohona noted that the [read more]

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[JURIST] The Haitian Electoral Council ordered Friday that the names of two Haitian-born US citizens, Dumarsais Simeus [official website] and Samir Mourra, be taken off the ballot of authorized candidates for the country's upcoming presidential election [website]. The decision is in direct violation of a Haitian Supreme Court ruling [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] The Federal Court of Canada [official website] has announced that it will hear the asylum appeal of US deserter Jeremy Hinzman [advocacy website]. In January 2004, days before his scheduled deployment to Iraq, Hinzman deserted the US army and fled to Canada where he sought asylum and accused the [read more]

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[JURIST] Delegates from over 120 member states [text] of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website] concluded their tenth annual, five-day Conference of the State Parties [official agenda] at The Hague Friday, and agreed [press release] to improve efforts to fully implement the mandates of the [read more]

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