Legal news from Sunday, January 13, 2008
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chief of the South African Police Services Jackie Selebi [official profile] resigned as president of INTERPOL [official website] on Sunday, in the wake of news that the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] of South Africa would be filing charges of corruption [JURIST report] against him. In his brief [read more]

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[JURIST] Croatian lawmaker Branimir Glavas [personal website; Trial Watch profile], charged with committing war crimes against Serbs during the 1991 Serbo-Croatian war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], was stripped of his parliamentary immunity on Saturday so that lawyers could proceed with his prosecution. Glavas, formerly a prominent member of the ruling Croatian Democratic [read more]

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[JURIST] Ousted Pakistani Supreme Court Justice Rana Bhagwandas [JURIST news archive] was placed under house arrest Saturday for urging members of the Karachi Bar Association to boycott judges who had taken oaths of office under President Pervez Musharraf's now-abrogated Provisional Constitutional Order [text] following his November 3 declaration of emergency [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina [party profile; JURIST news archive] was formally charged with extortion in Dhaka on Sunday. Hasina and co-defendant Sheikh Selim, a former Minister of Government, are accused of extorting around $1.16 million from two businessmen while in office. Reuters cited court officials as saying [read more]

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[JURIST] US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell [official profile] said in an article published in the New Yorker [media website] Sunday that waterboarding [JURIST news archive], the controversial interrogation technique simulating drowning allegedly used against detainees by the CIA, was torture as far as he was concerned. The question [read more]

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