Legal news from Monday, September 3, 2007
13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Cambodian cabinet minister has said that the Cambodian government could "terminate" the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] if it "illegally" attempts to charge former King Norodom Sihanouk [official website; BBC News profile] with crimes committed during the Communist Khmer Rouge's [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Death sentences [JURIST news archive] handed down by Chinese courts were at a ten-year low in 2006 and the trend continues in 2007, according to a Chinese Supreme Court justice quoted by state media Monday. In response to wrongful convictions and international criticism, China implemented reforms [JURIST report] at [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani lawyers group Sunday announced a campaign to defeat an expected reelection bid by Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile]. Speaking at a conference of the National Action Committee in Islamabad, Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association president Munir Malik outlined the group's goal to secure Musharraf's resignation and [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangkok Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant Monday for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife Pojamarn on charges of stock trading violations. Thaksin has been living in exile since a bloodless military coup [JURIST report] removed him from office last [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladeshi officials on Monday arrested former Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia [UN profile] and her son on corruption and misuse of power charges, one day after another ex-PM was charged with taking bribes [JURIST report]. Zia, who was in power until last October, is accused of failing to follow [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile; JURIST news archive], who was released on bail [JURIST report] from Iranian custody in August, obtained a passport from Tehran and left Iran Sunday night for an unknown destination, according to her lawyer. Esfandiari, an American citizen, is the director of the Middle [read more]

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