Legal news from Sunday, September 3, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile] is set to appear in court again Tuesday, where he faces corruption charges [JURIST report] stemming from an arms-procurement scandal. Zuma was fired as South Africa's deputy president in June 2005 after a close business associate was convicted of fraud [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A former Bosnian Serb police chief convicted of war crimes [PDF indictment] in 2001 was found dead in his home in Bosnia Friday with a gunshot to his head and a pistol in his hand. An autopsy has not yet been completed, though it appears the 49-year-old committed suicide.Stevan [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US district judge in Tucson Friday dismissed a controversial case against two humanitarians arrested in July 2005 for aiding illegal immigrants they found in need of emergency medical attention in the Arizona desert. At the time of their arrests, Shanti Sellz and Daniel Strauss were volunteering for No [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian-mediated negotiations [JURIST report] to free an Israeli soldier held by Palestinian Hamas militants are ongoing, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; BBC profile] told a Cairo newspaper Saturday. The capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit [Wikipedia backgrounder] by Hamas in Gaza in June prompted Israel to detain about [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A report [text] released Saturday by OpenTheGovernment.org [official website], a private monitoring group, reveals what it described as further expansion of US government secrecy [press release] notwithstanding an increase in the number of classified government documents unsealed in 2005. In comparison to 2004, the public's use of the Freedom [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The ruling military junta in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] will resume negotiations for a new constitution [JURIST report] in the second week of October, junta spokesman Lt. Gen. Thein Sein announced Saturday. The constitutional convention was suspended on January 31 [JURIST report], with delegates postponing talks until the end [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Lebanese prosecutor Saturday charged six suspects - four held in Lebanon and two in Germany - with attempted murder after they were arrested in connection with a plot to blow up trains in Germany [BBC report] one month ago. The two suspects held in Germany, a Lebanese and [read more]

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