Legal news from Monday, January 2, 2006
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court on Monday allowed ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] to post bail for six of the nine human rights charges he faces relating to Operation Colombo [Wikipedia backgrounder; BBC World recorded audio]. Pinochet remains under house arrest, however, because the court did not [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton [official profile] has promised to push for major changes in the United Nations in an interview published Monday in the Washington Post, including reforms to the international body's human rights panel. Bolton said he will work to abolish the current 53-member Commission [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [BBC profile] on Monday said that he plans to officially end [press release, in French] France's state of emergency [JURIST document] on Wednesday. The status of heightened security and increased police powers, implemented in November in response to rioting [JURIST report] in Paris, was originally [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iran announced Monday, without further explanation, that it has ordered the closure a daily newspaper, Asia, and banned the publication of a forthcoming, bi-weekly women's periodical, Nour-e Banovan. The Culture Ministry said the Supervisory Board on the Press has agreed to the bans, and the cases will now be [read more]

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[JURIST] The Syrian government announced Monday that it will put former Vice President Abdel Halim Khaddam [Wikipedia profile] on trial for high treason and investigate his alleged acts of corruption in response to demands by Syrian parliament members [JURIST report] that Khaddam be investigated and following his expulsion from the [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bulgaria's Justice Minister Georgi Petkanov said Monday that the Libyan trial of five Bulgarian nurses, accused of intentionally infecting over 400 patients with HIV in an attempt to discover a cure for the virus, should be finished by June 2006. The case was sent back to a lower court [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Oregon [official website] has ruled that juries may retroactively resentence as many as 300-400 criminal defendants based on aggravating circumstances, such as the use of a gun, breach of trust, or racial motivation. In three decisions released Friday - State v. Upton [text], State v. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the UN commission [UN materials] investigating the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] announced Monday that the commission will request interrogations with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] and Foreign Minister Farouq al-Sharaa [Wikipedia profile]. The commission is also seeking to [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Five Muslim militants went on trial Monday in Indonesia for allegedly having protected members of terrorist group Jemaah Islamiyah [BBC profile], the group responsible for several recent terrorist incidents, including the 2002 and October 1, 2005 Bali bombings and a 2004 bombing of the US embassy in Jakarta. All [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan opposition leader and presidential challenger Dr. Kizza Besigye [BBC profile], who has been imprisoned [JURIST report] since November on charges of treason and rape was released on bail Monday by the Ugandan High Court. Uganda's military court, which previously declared itself unbound by High Court decisions, had extended [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] In his New Year message [text], Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian [official website] promised Sunday to support a new Taiwanese constitution in his last two years of presidency. A new constitution would have to be approved by the legislature before sent to the public for a referendum. Chen's comments come [read more]

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