Legal news from Sunday, February 15, 2009
12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer general Roy Bennett has been indicted on terrorism and other charges, a lawyer for Bennett said Sunday. Bennett, who was scheduled to be sworn in as deputy agriculture minister in the country's new coalition government [BBC report] last week, [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelans began voting Sunday on a proposed constitutional amendment [text, in Spanish] that would eliminate presidential term limits in the country. The amendment, which would allow President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to seek re-election in 2012, was passed [JURIST report] by the Venezuelan National Assembly [official [read more]

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[JURIST] Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga [official website] on Saturday maintained [press release] that the government was determined to form a local tribunal to address the December 2007 post-election violence [JURIST report], despite a defeat [JURIST report] in the Kenyan Parliament [official website] last week. Odinga said he had discussed [read more]

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[JURIST] The first trial in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] is in danger of being tainted by the body's failure to meet international fair trial standards [HRW press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Saturday. The ECCC will begin [read more]

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