Legal news from Thursday, August 28, 2008
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers blocked streets in the major cities of Pakistan [JURIST news archive] on Thursday to demand the reappointment of former Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and other judges removed last year [JURIST report] by former President Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive]. Aitzaz Ahsan [profile], [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday threatened to ignore any arrest warrant issued by the International Criminal Court [official website; JURIST news archive]. Bashir, speaking to legislators Wednesday in semi-autonomous southern Sudan, said he would not "deal with or respond to" the ICC, according to [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] has suspended the war crimes trial of Serb nationalist leader Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case materials, PDF] pending an appellate ruling on whether the defendant may represent himself. In a press briefing [text] Wednesday, [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) Wednesday submitted requests to the UN Commission on the Limits of the Continental Shelf (UNCLCS) [official websites] to claim exclusive harvesting rights to an area of the seabed surrounding Ascension Island, a British possession in the remote South Atlantic technically part of [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Bosnian immigrant to Norway accused of mistreating Bosnian Serbs imprisoned during the 1992-95 Bosnian war [timeline] went on trial Wednesday in Oslo, marking the start of the first war crimes trial to take place in Norway since World War II. Norwegian citizen Mirsad Repak pleaded not guilty to [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department (DOJ) [official website] has asked federal judges in Florida and Washington, DC, to give lenient sentences to former lobbyist Jack Abramoff [JURIST news archive], who has cooperated in the prosecution of several legislative and executive branch officials. Since 2006, Abramoff has been serving a six-year [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanon [JURIST news archive] on Wednesday charged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [official website; JURIST news archive] and six other officials with the 1978 disappearance of a prominent Lebanese cleric and issued warrants for their arrests. In Beirut, investigating magistrate Samih al-Haj charged Gaddafi with inciting the abduction of Imam [read more]

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