Legal news from Sunday, September 6, 2009
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Niger opposition party said Saturday that police had detained 30 former opposition lawmakers, allegedly at the behest of Niger President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile]. The 30 former member of parliament were arrested on charges of embezzlement [AFP report], but are likely being targeted for their opposition [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's rule of law is stymied by long traditions of lawlessness and dictatorship, says the International Bar Association Human Rights Institute [official site] in a new report [text, PDF press release]. The report, published Thursday, stems from observations and more than 100 interviews conducted with all Pakistani individuals who [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Media workers and reformists are urging Iran's new prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolat-Abadi [PressTV report] to remove bans placed on newspapers and to free journalists who were imprisoned during the term of his predecessor, Saeed Mortazavi [JURIST news archive], according to a letter posted Saturday on the website of [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Independent Election Commission (IEC) [official website] said Saturday that it is doing its job faithfully and impartially in an attempt to reassure the Afghan public amid allegations of voter fraud in the recent presidential election [JURIST news archive]. The remarks are mainly in response to complaints by Abdullah [read more]

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