Legal news from Tuesday, January 1, 2008
21:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government sent a draft bill to the speaker of Iraq's parliament [JURIST news archive] Tuesday which could allow for the pardon and release of around 5,000 detainees currently held in Iraqi prisons. The bill, approved [JURIST report] by the Iraqi cabinet last week, would exclude prisoners held [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has signed a decree granting amnesty to anyone involved in an aborted 2002 coup [Scoop report] against him, as well as other attempts to assassinate him or overthrow the government, Chavez said in a Monday phone call to state television. [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal appeals court on Monday temporarily blocked the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to his home country of Algeria while it considers Belbacha's request for a permanent bar against the transfer. Belbacha has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], [read more]

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