Legal news from Sunday, September 24, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Legal Services Corp. [official website] debated firing the inspector general currently investigating the federally funded program's use of funds for luxuries [JURIST report; LSC press release], the Associated Press reported Sunday. Meeting transcripts obtained by AP indicate that board members criticized Kirt West and warned each other [read more]

16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Nearly 70 percent of Swiss voters [results, in French] Sunday approved new laws that limit immigration and asylum seeking [Federal Office for Migration backgrounders] in the country. The laws, passed by the Swiss parliament [official website] last year, require foreigners to produce valid travel documents within 48 hours or [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's top lawyer said Sunday the former Iraqi president's defense team will not attend his genocide trial [JURIST news archive] when it resumes Monday in protest at the new chief judge's behavior, and will stay away "indefinitely," according to statements quoted by AP. The original judge was replaced [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Members of Iraq's parliament [official website] reached a compromise Sunday establishing a committee to consider amendments to Iraq's constitution [JURIST news archive] and allowing debate to proceed on a bill to create federal regions [JURIST report] in the country. Constitutional amendment is a top priority for the country's Sunni [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) [official website], Taiwan's ruling political party, has opened debate on the drafting of a new constitution, a move promised [JURIST report] by President Chen Shui-bian [official profile] earlier this year. The current constitution [text], drafted by the Kuomintang party of China in 1947, has [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian Foreign Minister Hassan Wirajuda [profile, in Indonesian] insisted Sunday that the recent executions of three Roman Catholic militants convicted [BBC report] in 2001 of leading a Christian militia which killed at least 70 Muslims in 2000 [BBC backgrounder] were legally justified. In an attempt to defuse tension manifested [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US military plans to turn a new medium-security building [JURIST report] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] into a maximum-security facility and enhance security in its existing structures at the military detention center, according to deputy commander Brig. Gen. Edward A. Leacock [official profile]. Leacock told reporters earlier [read more]

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