Legal news from Saturday, January 14, 2006
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] An official with the Iraqi tribunal trying Saddam Hussein for crimes against humanity confirmed Saturday that chief judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile] has in fact submitted his resignation. The resignation was originally reported [JURIST report] late Friday but was subsequently disputed by two of Amin's colleagues [JURIST report]. The [read more]

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[JURIST] DaimlerChrysler [corporate website] has suspended nine managers allegedly involved in the UN oil-for food scandal [JURIST news archive] after a UN inquiry suspected them of paying bribes to secure business delivery trucks to the government of former Iraqi ruler Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. German prosecutors conducted their own [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of women marched in Milan Saturday, demanding that Italy keep a 1978 law that legalized abortion [UN backgrounder, DOC] during the first three months of pregnancy. Police estimated that 50,000 people joined in the march to keep abortion legal, a topic that has not seen so much political [read more]

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[JURIST] President George W. Bush praised US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile; JURIST news archive] as a “man of character and intelligence” during his Saturday radio address [text], saying the United States would be fortunate to have him on the bench. Focusing on Alito’s qualifications, Bush stressed his [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) [official website] will wait for international monitors to finish their investigation of fraud complaints before it releases the results of the December 15 Iraqi parliamentary election [JURIST news archive]. The International Mission for Iraqi Elections [official website] which began its investigation [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] Swiss Senator Dick Marty [BBC profile], who has been investigating allegations [JURIST report] of illegal renditions [JURIST news archive] and secret detention centers in Europe sponsored by the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website], said Friday that he was personally convinced that European secret service agencies have been [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Tashkent City Court in Uzbekistan [government website, JURIST news archive] has ordered Washington DC-based pro-democracy group Freedom House [advocacy website] to suspend its activities [FH press release] there for the next six months. The government alleges that the group, funded by US government and private sources, has provided [read more]

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[JURIST] Two judges sitting with Iraqi High Criminal Court judge Rizgar Amin [Wikipedia profile], currently presiding over the Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive], Saturday dismissed as "baseless" press reports that he would resign [JURIST report] at the next sitting of the court on January 24. One judge who asked [read more]

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