Legal news from Sunday, December 4, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] German magazine Der Spiegel has reported that the German government has a list of at least 437 flights [Der Speigel report, in German] it suspects the US CIA [official website; JURIST news archive] operated in German airspace, landing in Berlin, Frankfurt, and US Air Base at Ramstein. The list, [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora [BBC backgrounder] formally asked UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website; JURIST news archive] Saturday to extend the inquiry into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [UN materials; JURIST news archive] for six more months after its December 15 deadline, and be open [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] said Sunday they had detained nearly 50 more suspected Islamist militants connected with several recent suicide attacks on the country’s judiciary, bringing the total of suspects rounded up in the past week at least 180. State Minister for Home Affairs Lutfuzzaman Babar reported [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Times reported Sunday that FBI [official website; JURIST news archive] officials mishandled a 2002 Florida terror investigation, falsified documents to cover mistakes and retaliated against an agent who reported the problems. The FBI had opened a terror investigation into whether terrorist associations overseas were financed by [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court has ruled that closed-circuit TV cameras will be installed in polling places in order to allow independent monitors to watch ballot counting in Egypt's parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive], which will finish with the third round runoff vote this week. Election monitoring groups have accused police [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] An anonymous UN official has said that UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official biography] Monday plans to announce the firing of Carina Perelli, chief of the UN's Electoral Assistance Division [official website] which organizes and promotes free elections in countries around the world. Perelli was formally accused [JURIST report] by [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A United Nations human rights official said Sunday that the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] will never be able to satisfy international standards, citing recent attacks on defense lawyers [JURIST report] and flaws in the Iraqi justice system. John Pace, human rights chief at the UN Assistance [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] According to a new rule approved by the Michigan Supreme Court [official website], jurors cannot be selected on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, or sex. The rule, approved by a 4-3 vote and released Friday, will take effect January 1 and will be applied even in [read more]

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