Legal news from Wednesday, December 26, 2007
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] Six French aid workers were sentenced to eight years of hard labor Wednesday after being convicted in a Chadian court for attempting to kidnap 103 African children [JURIST report]. The six, affiliated with the Zoe's Ark [advocacy website] charity, claimed that they were attempting to airlift orphaned children [JURIST [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian War Crimes Prosecutor Vladmir Vukcevic said Wednesday that fugitive Bosnian Serb leader Ratko Mladic [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is in Serbia, and that authorities are closing in on him. Vukevic's comments are the first acknowledgement by a Serbian official that Mladic is hiding in the country, although [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website; in Russian] has overruled a lower court decision [JURIST report] that had held that a new investigation into the activities of Yukos [JURIST news archive] founder Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his partner Platon Lebedev [defense website] was illegal. The [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [party profile] went on trial on one of two alleged extortion charges [Reuters report] in a Dhaka courtroom Wednesday, according to a court official cited by Reuters. Sheikh Selim, a former Minister of Government, also appeared on similar charges. Hasina is accused of [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi cabinet passed a draft law on Wednesday that would grant a general pardon to "innocent" detainees held in Iraqi and US prisons in the country, according to an Iraqi official speaking to AFP Wednesday. Currently, there are more than 26,000 detainees held in US-run Camp Cropper and [read more]

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