Legal news from Sunday, August 20, 2006
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli intelligence forces on Sunday arrested Mahmoud al-Ramahi, a top member of Hamas [CFR backgrounder] and secretary-general of the Palestinian Legislative Council [official website], one day after Israeli forces detained the Palestinian deputy prime minister [JURIST report]. Israel regards Hamas as a terrorist organization and has arrested many members [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the government of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] has urged Iranian prosecutors to pursue charges against several Iranian newspapers who have published articles accusing Ahmadinejad of financial wrongdoing in recent weeks. In a letter sent to Tehran's prosecutor, government spokesman Gholam Hossein Elham [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora [BBC profile] said Sunday that Israel had committed crimes against humanity during its month-long bombing campaign in the current Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. Touring areas outside of Beirut that had been hard hit by the bombings, Siniora called Israel's actions criminal, saying [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniya [BBC profile] on Sunday called for the release of Deputy Prime Minister and Hamas party member Nasser Shaer, who was arrested [AP report] Saturday morning after Israeli soldiers forced entry into an apartment where Shaer and his family have been hiding for several weeks. [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge T. S. Ellis III has set aside the $10 million verdict [JURIST report] against private military contractor Custer Battles [corporate website], ruling that the former Coalition Provisional Authority (CPA) [official website] in Iraq could not be considered a US government entity. Custer Battles was sued for [read more]

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