Legal news from Saturday, April 2, 2005
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pope John Paul II [official website; BBC profile; CBC backgrounder] has died, according to Vatican sources. He was 84. An announcement [recorded audio] has just been made in Italian and English on Vatican Radio, monitored over the Internet from Pittsburgh. Vatican Radio's 105 Live FM service has posted a [read more]

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[JURIST] AP is reporting that a co-ordinated insurgent attack on the notorious Abu Ghraib prison {JURIST news archive] in Baghdad has resulted in 18 US casualties.5:25 PM ET - An updated AP story has increased the US casualty count to 20. [read more]

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[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Friday that Army sergeant Hasan Akbar is competent to stand trial for a grenade attack that killed two Army officers in Kuwait in 2003 [JURIST report]. Sgt. Akbar faces multiple charges of premeditated murder and attempting premeditated murder under Article 118 and Article 80 [read more]

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[JURIST] Zimbabwe opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai Saturday rejected the official results of national parliamentary elections held Thursday. The official tally gave President Robert Mugabe's ruling party 74 seats, while Tsvangirai's party, the Movement for Democratic Change [official website], is said to have won 40 seats. The results came amid allegations [read more]

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[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan's deposed president Askar Akayev [official website] agreed Saturday to resign. Earlier in the day, the Kyrgyz Supreme Court had ruled that presidential elections would proceed on June 26 whether Akayev formally resigned or not. Under current law, a president must resign before the parliament is allowed to vote [read more]

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[JURIST] In an annual report [text] to Congress Friday, the US Department of Justice Office of Legislative Affairs [official website] revealed that the government applied for and was granted a record number of special warrants in 2004. The report submitted by Assistant Attorney General William E. Moschella [official website], revealed [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] claimed Friday in court papers that contractors for the former Coalition Provisional Authority [official website] in Iraq can be sued for profiteering under the Federal False Claims Act [text]. Lawyers for the US government contend that the Act, enacted to curb war-profiteering, [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US officials Friday went out of their way to explain why the United States Thursday evening did not veto [JURIST report] a French-sponsored resolution [text] referring war crimes in Sudan to the International Criminal Court [official website] in The Hague, long anathema to US policymakers. Echoing comments made by [read more]

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