Legal news from Monday, January 15, 2007
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of the German state of Bavaria [official website, in German] Monday upheld [press release, in German] a 2004 state law [BBC report] which bans teachers from wearing religious headscarves [JURIST news archive]. An Islamic religious group had sued the state claiming the law was unconstitutional under [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye [BBC profile] and four others were acquitted by the Supreme Court of Burundi [official website] Monday on charges of attempting a coup [JURIST report] and planning to assassinate current President Pierre Nkurunziza [Wikipedia profile]. Two other accused, Alain Mugabarabona and Tharcisse Ndayishimiye, were convicted [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The United States observed a federal holiday [official website] Monday in honor of slain civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. [King Center profile], remembered for his leadership of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Courts, government offices, and many public universities were closed as [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The House of Representatives in Nepal [JURIST news archive] adopted the country's draft interim constitution [eKantipur highlights; JURIST news archive] Monday following its approval by the Nepalese cabinet [JURIST report] on Sunday. The interim constitution simultaneously provides for the dissolution of the current House of Representatives and the creation [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] New rules intended to combat illegal immigration [JURIST news archive] went into force in Russia [JURIST news archive] Monday. The rules set harsher penalties for businesses that employ illegal migrants, restrict border crossings, amend the Criminal Code, limit the duration of visas distributed to certain nationalities, and increase reporting [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Moroccan editor and journalist were both convicted Monday of insulting the Islamic religion in a 10-page article about religious jokes [BBC backgrounder] published in a Moroccan newspaper in early December. Journalist Sanaa al-Aji and Driss Ksikes, editor of Nichane [media website, in Arabic] weekly, were given suspended sentences [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Saddam-era Revolutionary Court judge Awad Hamed al-Bandar [Wikipedia profile] and former Iraqi intelligence chief Barzan Ibrahim al-Tikriti [GlobalSecurity profile; BBC profile], sentenced to death [JURIST report] with Saddam Hussein in November in connection with crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982, were executed before [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyz President Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] approved several new amendments to the country's new constitution [constitutional materials, in Kyrgyz] Monday, returning key powers to the presidency, including the right to appoint cabinet officials. The new constitutional amendments pushed through parliament at his urging contradict the aims of a compromise [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Vice President Dick Cheney [official website] Sunday defended the Pentagon and CIA's review of banking and credit records [JURIST report] of hundreds of American citizens suspected of ties to terror groups, calling it a "perfectly legitimate activity" in an interview [transcript] with Fox News Sunday. Cheney said the [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge has thrown out some tax fraud and false accounting charges against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] because the statute of limitations has expired. Berlusconi and co-defendant David Mills [Guardian profile] will no longer have to face tax fraud and accounting [read more]

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