Legal news from Saturday, March 3, 2007
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian prosecutors have indicted prominent political boss Alvaro Araujo Noguera, accusing him of complicity in the 2002 kidnapping of a member of a rival political clan. Some say the kidnapping is part of a campaign by illegal paramilitary groups [JURIST news archive] to elect sympathetic politicians.Members of the political [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] White House [official website] and US Justice Department officials have confirmed that seven US federal prosecutors were fired because they had not adequately carried out President George W. Bush's policies on immigration and firearms issues, according to a report in the Washington Post Saturday. The seven US Attorneys [DOJ [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian judge and president of the judges' syndicate Yahia Ragheb Daqruri said according to a report published Saturday that women cannot serve as judges because it would be against Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Daqruri's statements, appearing in the Saturday edition of independent daily Al-Masri Al-Yom [media [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Moroccan appeals court convicted 12 Islamic militants on terrorism charges Friday, handing down prison sentences ranging from two to 15 years. Eight of the defendants allegedly had ties to al-Qaeda [BBC backgrounder] and had volunteered to fight in Iraq [JURIST news archive].The main defendant, Tunisian Mohamed Ben El [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti court Saturday acquitted former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees Omar Rajab Amin and Abdullah Kamel al-Kundari of charges of fighting against US forces in Afghanistan because of insufficient evidence. The two were repatriated [JURIST report] on September 15, 2006, after having been detained at Guantanamo Bay [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the perjury trial of I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] asked US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] for a "clarification of the term 'reasonable doubt'" Friday, concluding the eighth day of deliberations in the high profile CIA leak case [JURIST news [read more]

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