Legal news from Friday, December 28, 2007
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Agents of former Chilean dictator General Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], were sentenced Friday for their role in the revenge killings of three political dissidents. Fifteen people were convicted in connection with the killings, which came after an unsuccessful assassination attempt on the dictator in 1986. The [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Six French aid workers were flown back to France Friday after they were sentenced to eight years of hard labor [JURIST report] by a Chadian court earlier in the week for attempting to kidnap 103 African children. The workers, affiliated with the Zoe's Ark [advocacy website] charity, were returned [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The interim parliament in Nepal [JURIST news archive] voted Friday to end the nearly 240-year-old monarchy and to turn the nation into a republic. The vote supported an agreement [JURIST report] reached earlier this week by representatives of Nepal's leading political parties to abolish the country's monarchy as part [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website] on Friday upheld the acquittal [press release, in Chinese] of former Taipei mayor Ma Ying-jeou [personal website, in Chinese] on graft charges, clearing the way for Ma to run in Taiwan's presidential elections in March 2008. Ma was acquitted earlier this year by [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] has indicated that the agency will comply with congressional requests to produce documents related to the EPA's decision to deny California's request for a waiver [JURIST reports] that would have allowed it and 16 other states following its lead to impose [read more]

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