Legal news from Sunday, January 23, 2005
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Defence [official website] has confirmed that British army prosecutors have completed an inquiry into nine more allegations of brutality by British soldiers in Iraq and are contemplating whether to file charges, Sunday's Observer reports. Four of the cases involve the fatal shooting of Iraqis during [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Two American soldiers were convicted Saturday of charges related to the shooting death of an Iraqi woman who was working with them as a translator. A military judge at Camp Liberty in Baghdad found Spc. Charley Hooser of the US 1st Cavalry Division guilty of involuntary manslaughter and making [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Defense Department Saturday finished Combatant Status Review Tribunal hearings [DOD background briefing] for detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Following a Supreme Court ruling [Rasul v. Bush, PDF text] last year that held that detainees were allowed to challenge their incarcerations, 558 men were questioned to determine if [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A top official in Austria's environmentalist Green Party [official website] said Saturday that California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger [official website] should lose his Austrian citizenship in the wake of his approval last week of the first California execution in three years [JURIST report]. Peter Pilz cited a nationality law that [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Interior Minister Saturday announced additional security measures for the pending January 30 election as insurgent groups increased their attacks and vowed to disrupt the vote. Baghdad International Airport will now be closed from January 29-30, nighttime curfews already in force in Baghdad and other cities will be extended, [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko [campaign website in Ukrainian] was sworn in Sunday as the new president of Ukraine [official website in Ukrainian], succeeding the outgoing Leonid Kuchma. Yushchenko won a December 26 re-vote against opponent and former Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych after the results of the original November [read more]

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