Legal news from Thursday, December 27, 2007
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian military court in the North Caucasus region sentenced Russian Interior Force officers Yevgeny Khudyakov and Sergei Arakcheyev to 17 and 15 years in prison respectively Thursday for killing three construction workers [International Helsinki Federation for Human Rights report] during a January 2003 operation in the war-torn region [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli military officials said Thursday there was a 36 per cent increase in 2007 of investigations of members of the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] for acts of violence committed against Palestinian civilians. The announcement came a week after a report [PDF text; JURIST report] from Israeli human [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The French Foreign Ministry Thursday formally requested [official press release, in French] that Chadian authorities transfer six French aid workers to a French prison, one day after the workers were sentenced to eight years of hard labor [JURIST report] by a Chadian court for attempting to kidnap 103 African [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] was assassinated in a suicide attack Thursday at a rally in Rawalpindi. Bhutto, head of the opposition Pakistan People's Party [party website], was campaigning in the lead-up to January 8 parliamentary elections, where her party is challenging Pakistani [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be arrested if he returns home from self-imposed exile in England, despite his party's success in general election earlier this week, according to Thai officials Thursday. Thaksin and his wife Pojamarn, who have been living in exile [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leading legislators from Lebanon's majority party were expected to file a petition in parliament Thursday seeking a constitutional amendment to allow Gen. Michel Suleiman [Xinhua report] to become president of Lebanon. Under the current Lebanese constitution [text, in French], the presidency cannot be held by a sitting military commander [read more]

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