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Legal News
6 Dec 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for German citizen Ladislav Niznansky [BBC report], the 88-year-old former Slovak Nazi commander accused of wartime massacres, demanded Tuesday that their client be acquitted and given compensation for his time in prison, saying there was no evidence showing his guilt. Niznansky was convicted in absentia and sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [PDF complaint; press release] against former CIA Director George Tenet and other CIA officials Tuesday on behalf of Khaled el-Masri [ACLU profile], a German man who claims he was wrongfully imprisoned in 2003. The complaint alleges that Masri … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The trial of Vladimir Arutunyan [Wikipedia profile], the Georgian man who attempted to assassinate US President George W. Bush with a grenade when Bush was visiting the former Soviet state earlier this year, began Monday. Arutunyan is accused of throwing a grenade at Bush while the president was addressing … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Following a brief recess prompted by a defense team walkout [JURIST report] and an emotional outburst from Saddam Hussein, the trial of the former Iraqi dictator and seven co-defendants resumed Monday afternoon with the testimony of Ahmed Hassan Mohammed [BBC report], an eyewitness to the 1982 Dujail torture and … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday called for evidence implicating Syrians in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive] to be scrutinized in the wake of an admission by Syrian witness, Hosam Taher Hosam, that he testified falsely [JURIST report] to the UN … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] France's National Assembly [official website] on Tuesday voted 373-27 in favor of a new anti-terrorism bill [JURIST report; draft text, PDF] that will increase the use of video surveillance and allow police more time to question terror suspects. The proposal, which still needs to clear a Senate vote in … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Afghanistan's government said Monday that it believed the US military's punishment [JURIST report] for four American soldiers who burned the bodies of two Taliban rebels [JURIST report] was "very lenient." The US military said Saturday that the soldiers, who were caught on camera, would face disciplinary action but not … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Hosam Taher Hosam, a Syrian witness who told the UN committee [UN materials] investigating the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] that Syrian and Lebanese officials had a hand in the February 14 assassination said Monday that his testimony was false and that he … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Following the latest delay [JURIST report] in the Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] war crimes trial, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]) said Tuesday that it has ordered a hearing on November 29 to hear arguments on splitting the trial. The ICTY asked the … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Iraq Interior Minister Bayan Jabr [CBS News profile] has again denied [JURIST report] that he controls death squads targeting Iraq's Sunni minority and ordered the torture of detainees in a secret prison [JURIST report]. In a New York Times interview reported Tuesday, he dismissed the story of the secret … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] In an interview with Reuters reported Monday, Chief Justice Rizgar Mohammed Amin of the Iraqi High Criminal Court [official website], also known as the Iraqi Special Tribunal, trying Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and his co-defendants played down security concerns despite the assassination of two defense lawyers [JURIST report], … [read more]


Legal News
21 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The war crimes trial [JURIST news archive] of Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile] has been further delayed due to Milosevic's poor health, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Judge Patrick Robinson announced Monday. The trial was set to resume Monday after being delayed since last Wednesday [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The German trial of Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel [ADL profile; CBC backgrounder] was postponed Tuesday after Judge Ulrich Meinerzhagen fired one of Zundel's lawyers. Judge Meinerzhagen fired Sylvia Stolz because he believed Stolz would not defend Zundel properly, but did not set a date for the trial to reopen … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] US District Judge Leonie Brinkema has delayed the sentencing trial [PDF order] of September 11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] by one month and ordered a two-stage process [PDF text] to determine whether or not he will receive the death penalty, according to ruling released Tuesday. The trial, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) [association website] on Tuesday announced that it has launched its largest international wave of legal action [IFPI press release] against illegal online file-sharing. This latest push targeted 2,100 alleged uploaders [IFPI factsheet] using peer-to-peer networks in 16 nations including the UK, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that parents who challenge special education programs for not meeting their children's needs must bear the burden of proving the programs' inadequacies, and not school officials. The case, Schaffer v. Weast [Duke Law backgrounder], is a loss for … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The Pentagon has said that it is committed to proceeding with a preliminary military commission hearing for Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] despite the US Supreme Court's announcement Monday that it will hear a case challenging the legality [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] on Monday defended US interrogation techniques [press conference transcript] in the war on terror and insisted that the US does not torture terror detainees. Answering questions about reports of a secret CIA facility in Eastern Europe [JURIST report] and efforts by … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh [official profile] was removed from his position Monday at his own request after allegations arose that he improperly benefited from the now-defunct UN oil-for-food program [JURIST news archive] in Iraq. According to the government, Singh will remain in the Indian cabinet while Premier Manmohan … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] A group of asylum-seekers originating from Asia and Africa has begun a hunger strike in a detention camp in southwest Morocco in an attempt to gain refugee status from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website], the Moroccan Association of Human Rights [advocacy website, in French] said … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Former Canadian prime minister Jean Chrétien and his chief of staff, Jean Pelletier, must be held accountable for the flawed running of the federal sponsorship program [CBC backgrounder] from 1994 to 2003, said the first report on the scandal [text; Commissioner's statement] from Justice John Gomery, released in Ottawa … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Britian's military court service announced Monday that the seven British soldiers facing court-martial over alleged abuse of Iraqi prisoners will not stand trial until next year. The charges against the men relate to treatment of Iraqi prisoners being held in Basra between September 13-15, 2003. Among those that will … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] Lewis Libby [NYT profile], Vice President Dick Cheney's long-time chief of staff, will make his first court appearance on Thursday, after being indicted [JURIST report] Friday in the CIA leak investigation [JURIST news archive], a court official said Monday. Libby, who faces charges of obstructing justice, perjury and making … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] The full US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] has declined to reconsider a decision [PDF text; JURIST report] requiring the Federal Election Commission [official website] to write new rules implementing the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act of 2002 [FEC backgrounder]. The law bans congressional and presidential … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2005
by Brandon Smith

[JURIST] American shareholders of Russian oil company Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive] have filed a civil lawsuit against the Russian government and several Russian oil companies for allegedly conspiring to renationalize Yukos without compensating its owners, the Financial News reported [subscription required] Tuesday. The complaint, filed in a Washington, … [read more]

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