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Legal News
24 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] In a newly released five minute audio tape [transcript] found on an Islamist website Tuesday, a man claiming to be Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive] said that convicted September 11 [JURIST news archive] conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] was not intended to be one of September 11 … [read more]


Legal News
24 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] Former French president and author of the beleaguered European Constitution [official website, text; JURIST news archive], Valery Giscard d'Estaing [Wikipedia profile] is calling for the EU constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters [JURIST reports] in 2005 to be put to new referendums. Citing domestic political issues as … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] lauded Mexican President Vicente Fox [official website, in Spanish] Wednesday for advances made in increasing the transparency of the Mexican government, but warned in a new report [text] on human rights in the country that more progress was needed. HRW pointed to continuing difficulties … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] Syrian authorities have arrested leading human rights lawyer Anwar al-Bunni [2005 interview; Amnesty International backgrounder] just days after Sunday's arrest of prominent writer Michel Kilo [BBC News report], prompting speculation that a large government crackdown on dissidents is underway. Amnesty International [advocacy website] said in a statement Wednesday that … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] Wednesday lifted [order] its stay of execution [JURIST report] for Derrick S. O'Brien [NCADP profile], citing insufficient factual or scientific evidence [concurring opinion text] proving that lethal injection causes suffering and leads to a painful death. Death penalty opponents have criticized … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] In a decision that some observers have hailed as a victory for "health tourism", the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled [judgment text] on Tuesday that domestic health service programs must pay for patients who go abroad to another EU state to have needed surgery. The major criterion … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] A Spanish High Court judge was forced to order the release of Moroccan citizen Saed El Harrak [BBC profile], a suspect alleged to be involved in the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive], due to the government's failure to apply for the necessary extension for … [read more]


Legal News
11 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] US officials have dismissed a call [JURIST report] from UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] to close the facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] used to detain terror suspects, saying that the US is working to release detainees who no longer pose a threat, but insisting that … [read more]


Legal News
9 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Monday sentenced [ICTY press release] former Bosnia Croat militia commander Ivica Rajic to twelve years in prison [ICTY judgment, text] for leading an October 1993 attack against civilians living in Stupni Do, a Bosnian Muslim village. Originally … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] Russia and China have expressed doubts about a draft UN Security Council resolution introduced Wednesday by France, Britain, and the United States. The resolution, invoking Chapter 7 of the UN Charter [text], mandates that Iran abandon uranium enrichment and contemplates the use of "further measures as may be … [read more]


Legal News
4 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] on Wednesday acknowledged the United States' use of rendition [JURIST news archive] flights but said that rendition was never used to transport a suspect to another country for the purpose of torture. Speaking at a news conference in Vienna after meeting … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan presented [speech text] his recommendations [UN press release] for a global counter-terrorism strategy to the UN General Assembly Tuesday, emphasizing the need to respect human rights in all aspects of anti-terrorism policy and practice. The defense of human rights constituted the fifth part of … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] A spokesman for President Vicente Fox [official website, in Spanish] said Tuesday that the Mexican leader will sign a controversial new law legalizing the possession of small portions of such traditionally-illegal drugs as heroin, cocaine and marijuana. The legislation is viewed as a progressive move in the country's war … [read more]


Legal News
3 May 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] European and US envoys meeting in Paris Tuesday discussed a new UN Security Council resolution that would invoke Chapter 7 [text] of the UN Charter [text] in another effort to get Iran to stop uranium enrichment. The Council directed Iran to stop enrichment in a resolution in late … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] A US military commission at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] holding a pre-trial hearing in the case against Algerian detainee Sufyian Barhoumi [HRF case summary] Wednesday rejected his motion to be moved to a less restrictive detention area. Barhoumi, who suffered wounds, including the loss of four fingers, in … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] The European Commission [official website] Wednesday adopted a proposal for a directive [press release] setting EU-wide criminal penalties for counterfeiting and other intellectual property offenses. If adopted in legislation by the European Parliament [official website], the directive requiring the imposition of four-year jail terms and a fine as … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] sparred Tuesday with a former South African chief justice chairing an independent panel of inquiry into UK terrorism laws as Clarke testified on government policies that limit civil liberties. The two disagreed on the use of controversial control orders [Liberty UK … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] French authorities are charging six former French Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees with terrorism-related crimes, according to officials cited by AFP. The men are Nizar Sassi, Khaled Ben Mustapha, Redouane Khalid, Brahim Yadel, Imad Achab Kanouni, and Mourad Benchellali. Kanouni was previously suspected of visiting a terrorist … [read more]


Legal News
26 Apr 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] has insisted he will not resign despite admitting Tuesday to a "shocking administrative blunder" that resulted in the release of 1023 foreign criminals in the past seven years who were to undergo deportation inquiries. The oversight occurred despite warnings by the … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] The chief military prosecutor for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], USAF Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF], Monday announced plans to charge an additional two dozen Guantanamo detainees and to seek the death penalty against several. Three of the 10 detainees originally charged are in the midst of pre-trial … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] Former president of Liberia Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] is being requested to testify at the trial of a Dutch timber trader indicted for facilitating the import of weapons to Liberia in exchange for timber, a violation of a UN arms embargo. Dutch prosecutors assert that … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] Fresh talks between French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website] and French trade union leaders over the new First Employment Contract (CPE) labor law [FAQ, in French; English-language official backgrounder] ended in deadlock Friday with the government continuing to insist that it will not withdraw the law, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] Early Friday morning local time, Belarus police swept down on hundreds of demonstrators camped out in Minsk's Oktyabrskaya Square in protest against the results of last Sunday's presidential elections [JURIST report] which returned Alexander Lukashenko [official website; BBC profile] to power in Belarus [JURIST news archive] with 82.6 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST] A spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] said Thursday that the case of a detained Chinese researcher who worked for the New York Times is being dealt with according to Chinese law. Zhao Yan has been held since September 2004, and has still not been released … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2006
by Angela Onikepe

[JURIST Europe] A Belgrade court has reinstated an arrest warrant against the widow of ex-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] after she failed to attend a court appearance [JURIST report] scheduled for Thursday. Mira Markovic [BBC profile] was charged with abuse of power when she obtained a flat for … [read more]

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