In Court

  • 30/01/2006

japanese resist dam:Japan's Osaka High Court (HC) recently ordered construction of a dam on the Echigawa river, to be shelved due to environmental concerns. This is an important win for the residents of Higashi-Omi village who have been fighting against the dam project for 11 years. The HC said the farm ministry had drawn up the dam project without making proper geological surveys as required by law and that some of the topographical surveys and drilling studies compiled by officials had grave errors. The judge set aside a lower court ruling, which said it was not legally possible to stop a project once approved by the government. According to the government, the 1994 decision to build the dam can no longer be changed because the existing dam, in use since 1973, cannot meet the demands of the farmers in Higashi Omi and four other towns. Soon after the government challenged* the Osaka court ruling before the Supreme Court.

death sentence annulled: The Libyan Supreme Court recently overturned the death sentence of five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor who have been in jail since 1999 on allegations of purposely infecting children with the AIDS virus. The court ordered a retrial for the six defendants claiming

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