Legal news from Sunday, May 6, 2007
23:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] heard closing arguments Sunday from defense lawyers in the genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline] of Ali Hassan al-Majid [JURIST news archive] and other former officials in the Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] regime. Al-Majid - Hussein's cousin known in the [read more]

21:05 EDT

[JURIST] Suspended Pakistan Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] appeared Sunday to raise the stakes in his defense against President Pervez Musharraf's charges of abusing authority, telling tens of thousands of supporters at a Lahore rally that the "Era of dictatorship is over" and that "It is [read more]

20:05 EDT

[JURIST] A report [DOC; press release] released Sunday by Israeli human rights groups B'Tselem and the HaMoked Centre for the Defence of the Individual [advocacy websites] says that the members of the Israeli security services routinely maltreat Palestinian detainees during interrogations and in some cases even "torture" them, as that [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Ecuador has set up a truth commission [declaration and articles, in Spanish] to investigate rights abuses committed in the country beginning in the early 1980s, a period that includes the 1984-88 presidency of right wing politician León Febres Cordero [Wikipedia profile]. The four-member commission, announced Thursday [read more]

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