Legal news from Saturday, January 22, 2005
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] has canceled plans to fly to Germany in February to attend the Munich Conference on Security Policy [official website], giving rise to speculation that the cancellation is connected with a war crimes complaint [JURIST report] brought against him in the German [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a report from earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, the official IRNA news agency [media website; English version] is reporting that Gholamhossein Elham, a spokesperson for Iran's Guardian Council, has rejected reports that quoted him saying women could run for president. IRNA quotes Elham as stating "My perspective [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Iran's hard-line Guardian Council [BBC backgrounder] indicated Saturday that women can run in June's presidential election [AFP report]. The council ruling clears up an ambiguous aspect of the Iranian constitution [text] which states that the president must be elected from among political "rejal," an Arabic word [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in the Maldives [BBC country profile] went to the polls Saturday to elect a parliament three weeks after the Indian Ocean tsunami delayed voting. The small island chain has been under the control of Asia's longest serving ruler, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom [official profile] since 1978 and new concerns [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Organization for Migration [official website] which runs the Iraq Out-of-Country Voting Program [Iraq OCV official website] announced Saturday that it has extended by two full days the registration period for overseas absentee voting in Iraq [JURIST report]. Registration, scheduled to end Sunday, will now continue through Tuesday [read more]

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