Legal news from Sunday, August 21, 2005
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Sunday that following a preliminary inquiry, the US Naval Criminal Investigations Service [official website] has been asked to launch a formal probe into the killing by US Marines of a relative of Iraq's UN ambassador during a June house raid. Engineering student Mohammed al-Sumaida'ie, the [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] In a letter written by Saddam Hussein to a Jordanian and delivered through the offices of the International Committee of the Red Cross the former Iraqi president, facing trial this fall and possible execution, says that he will be "sacrificed for our precious Palestine and our beloved, patient and [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] An influential son of Libyan leader Colonel Muhamar Gaddaffi [BBC profile] has said that the Libyan government will soon free 131 political prisoners, and will also provide compensation to citizens who had their assets, properties or homes confiscated in the 1970s at the time of Gaddaffi's so-called "Green Revolution." [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indicted former Rwandan government official Michel Bagaragaza has been transferred from the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website; JURIST news archive] to The Hague due to security concerns. Earlier this week, Bagaragaza pleaded not guilty to genocide charges after surrendering himself [JURIST report] to the UN-backed tribunal in [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair, London’s chief of police, is defending his handling of the investigation into the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes [JURIST report], by his officers July 22. In an interview [NOTW article] Sunday with British tabloid News of the World, Blair says that [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government Sunday defended its decision to reinstate the death penalty, saying that without sufficient punishment there will be no security in the country. The statements come a day after Ashraf Qazi, special representative of UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, asked Iraq to reconsider [JURIST report] executing three convicted [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari said Sunday that Iraq's constitutional committee [official website] may seek more time to work on the draft constitution [JURIST news archive] if they cannot meet Monday's deadline to submit the document to the country's parliament. Iraqi leaders are already working under [read more]

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