Legal news from Sunday, March 26, 2006
14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US troops in Iraq [JURIST news archive] reportedly arrested more than 40 Iraqi Interior Ministry personnel Sunday after the discovery of a secret bunker complex in central Baghdad holding 17 foreign prisoners. In November 2005, some 170 Sunni detainees were found by Americans [JURIST report] at a secret police [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Newly-disclosed comments by US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia made after a speech [recorded video] at the University of Fribourg in Switzerland earlier this month have touched off a furor in the lead-up to Tuesday's oral arguments in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [Duke Law backgrounder; merit briefs] on the constitutionality [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Key organizers of election protests in the Belarus [JURIST archive] capital city of Minsk who were detained by police [JURIST report] will face criminal charges, Belarus Interior Minister Vladimir Naumov [Interior Ministry website] said Sunday. Thousands of citizens gathered Saturday to demonstrate against alleged election fraud in last Sunday's [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] France's Interior Minister and anticipated 2007 French presidential candidate Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive] has called for a compromise over a new youth labor law - the so-called First Employment Contract (contrat première embauche, CPE) [FAQ, in French; official backgrounder, in English; BBC Q&A] - [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] Sunday called on the Nigerian government to immediately detain former Liberian president and accused war criminal Charles Taylor [JURIST news archive] so that he does not disappear before being handed over to the Liberian government to be tried for [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] More than 500,000 pro-immigration activists took to the streets in Los Angeles on Saturday to protest Congressional efforts to crack down on illegal immigration [protest website]. The protest came in anticipation of Senate debate [JURIST report] on a reform bill sponsored by Majority Leader Bill Frist scheduled to begin [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan officials said Sunday they were preparing to release a man possibly facing the death penalty for converting to Christianity from Islam after a judge sent the case of Abdul Rahman [Wikipedia profile] back to prosecutors, ruling that he lacked enough evidence to proceed. The Afghanistan attorney-general's office indicated [read more]

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