Legal news from Saturday, January 12, 2008
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Saturday approved a bill that will allow most members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] to be reinstated to public life. The law, known as the Justice and Accountability Law, was introduced by Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] [read more]

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[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court in Santiago Friday sentenced General Manuel Contreras [Trial Watch profile], the secret police chief under former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], to 10 years in prison. Contreras, the former head of Pinochet's National Intelligence Directorate [FAS backgrounder], was sentenced for the kidnapping [read more]

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[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ruled out the possibility of a United Nations investigation into the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] in an interview with a French newspaper published Friday. He told Le Figaro that an investigation will be conducted internally with [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] has issued a memo saying that its officers are now required to obtain a judge's approval before a deportee can be sedated in order to facilitate his or her removal from the country. The memo, written by ICE Director of the [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Navy Rear Adm. Mark H. Buzby [official profile], commander of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison, was reassigned Friday after only six months at that position. The date of Buzby's departure for the Virginia-based US Fleet Forces Command [official website] has not been publicly released. According [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that NASA [official website] cannot compel low-risk contract employees working at its Jet Propulsion Laboratory [official website] to undergo intensive background checks. NASA has been conducting background checks of employees since it was founded [read more]

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