Legal news from Saturday, December 16, 2006
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] Raed Juhi [WP profile], the Iraqi judge who presided over the investigative stage of the legal proceedings against ousted Iraqi president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Saturday he was stepping down from that position after the other judges of the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] chose another judge [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian police Saturday arrested several dozen activists among some 3000 protesting [UCF report, in Russian] in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin's alleged infringements of rights and constitutional freedoms in the country. Authorities said the demonstrators disobeyed police orders to cease yelling and waving signs as they exited a central [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal government negotiators and Maoist rebels Saturday reached a somewhat-delayed agreement on the terms of an interim constitution [eKantipur highlights; JURIST news archive] for the country. The interim constitution is notably silent on whether King Gyanendra [official profile] will retain head of state duties; all executive power is vested [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Japan's upper house of Parliament on Friday passed two bills lauded by proponents as bolstering national confidence, one elevating the Defense Agency [official website] to its pre-World War II status as a full ministry, and the other mandating that Japanese classrooms "cultivate an attitude that respects tradition and culture, [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Special Prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website] indicated Friday in court papers that he was "not aware" that any government witnesses in the trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] intended to invoke executive privilege to avoid testifying, "and the government does not otherwise anticipate any [read more]

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