Legal news from Monday, August 18, 2008
13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Sudanese court on Monday sentenced eight Darfur rebels to death, including the half brother of Justice and Equality Movement (JEM) [organization website] leader Khalil Ibrahim. Abdul Aziz Ashur and others were found guilty on charges related to a May rebel attack on the Sudanese capital of Khartoum, in [read more]

13:08 EDT

JURIST] The president of Human Rights Watch [official website], mediation advisors, and other NGO leaders have recently begun to more openly criticize prosecutorial and other judgments [The Guardian report] made by International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile]. Moreno-Ocampo has already received sharp criticism from both the League of [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Richard Scott, head of the Canadian Judicial Council [official website] conduct committee [materials], warned on Sunday that judges should exercise caution in agreeing to head up extra-judicial public inquiries designed to address politically controversial issues. Scott, who is also the chief justice of the Manitoba Court of Appeal [official [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Yemeni Parliament [official website, in Arabic] on Monday voted against a bill which would have amended the country's electoral laws by restricting government officials from influencing the ballot. The bill would also have required electors to register in either their place of birth or residence rather than their [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A bill introduced in the Malaysian parliament on Monday would require all criminal suspects to submit DNA samples, a measure that has been tied to to the ongoing investigation into sodomy charges [JURIST report] against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] since the government promised to [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Senegal may drop charges against former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive] who was sentenced to death in absentia [JURIST report] in Chad on Friday, according to Monday media reports. Senegalese Justice Minister Madicke Niang said that Habre could not be tried twice on the same [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian prisoners who have been convicted of terrorism, drug offenses, illegal logging and corruption this year did not receive the sentence reductions that most of the prisoners traditionally receive on Indonesia's Independence Day [backgrounder], August 17. Indonesian officials previously said that sentence reductions were a constitutional right afforded to [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Monday he was resigning from office [press release] in order to avoid impeachment proceeding by the country's parliament. In a television address [ANI report], Musharraf denied any wrongdoing, but said that the proceedings alone would damage the country. Earlier [read more]

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