Legal news from Sunday, August 28, 2005
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile] has said once again that he will not sign any eventual warrant for the execution of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, and would quit instead. During an interview on al-Arabiya TV, he insisted in a clip released Sunday in advance of broadcast: "I [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mayor Ray Nagin ordered the entire US city of New Orleans (population 484,674) evacuated Sunday in advance of the anticipated Gulf Coast landfall Monday morning of Hurricane Katrina [Wikipedia backgrounder], currently described by the National Weather Service as a "potentially catastrophic" Category-5 storm packing winds of nearly 175 miles [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Omri Sharon [official profile], a member of the Israeli Knesst and the son of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [Wikipedia profile], was indicted Sunday on charges of forgery, perjury and violating campaign finance laws, stemming from his fund raising activities for his father's election campaigns. The Israeli Justice Ministry [official [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] From Monday Iranian judges will be allowed to carry handguns and may shoot if they feel threatened, according to an official speaking Sunday after the fourth attack on an Iranian judge [official Iran Judiciary website] in four weeks. Tehran criminal prosecutor Fakhroldin Jaffarzadeh told the Iranian Students News Agency [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt Saturday released from prison Mahmoud Ezzat, secretary-general of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood [official party website in Arabic; Wikipedia backgrounder] opposition group. Ezzat was arrested in May [JURIST report] in a crackdown on political protests, days before the country's referendum on a constitutional amendment introducing multi-candidate presidential elections [JURIST [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official profile] is seeking a court order requiring warning labels on foods [AG's press release] that contains acrylamide [research materials], a chemical found in potato chips and french fries that the state believes may cause cancer. Lockyer filed a lawsuit [complaint text, PDF] in [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] A revised draft of the Iraqi constitution [pre-revision draft in English; JURIST news archive] was presented and read out to Iraq's National Assembly Sunday, but continuing Sunni objections [AP report] to the charter's stance on federalism, de-Baathification and other sensitive issues precluded a vote on the document and the [read more]

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