Legal news from Sunday, June 18, 2006
19:06 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in Nepal Sunday released two powerful former ministers in the royal direct rule cabinet led by King Gyanendra [official profile] following an order from the Nepalese Supreme Court [official website]. The released former ministers were Kamal Thapa and Tanka Dhakal. While passing the order, Justices Sharada Prasad Pandit [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A leading British judge has said that sitting judges are considering breaking tradition by speaking out against recent verbal attacks on the judiciary by government ministers [JURIST report] and elements of the press [Sun editorial]. Judge Keith Cutler, Secretary of the Council of Circuit Judges [official website], observed in [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Boston Globe reported Sunday that the US government has failed to allow Guantanamo Bay detainees [JURIST news archive] access to witnesses even though some of those witnesses were available. The US has told detainees in the past that it was unable to locate witnesses requested by terror suspects, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Serbian government official has told AP that war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was hiding in Serbia until last year, but his current location remains unknown. Rasim Ljajic [official profile], Serbia's Minister of Human and Minority Rights and head of a government committee [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Governor Kathleen Blanco [official website] of Louisiana signed a bill [PDF text; SB 33 summary] Saturday that could ban most abortions in the state. The bill, which would apply to all abortions except when the life of the mother is threatened, will take effect only if the US Supreme [read more]

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