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Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Pojamarn Shinawatra, the wife of former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], on Tuesday entered a written plea of not guilty to corruption and fraud charges before the Thai Supreme Court. Pojamarn challenged the legitimacy of the anti-graft Assets Examination Commission in her pleading and … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Civil rights lawyer Jonathan Feinberg [firm profile] filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of 11 inmates challenging the "unconstitutional conditions" in which inmates are currently being held at four Philadelphia jails. US District Judge R. Barclay Surrick of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania ruled [PDF text; JURIST report] last … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Top US Department of Defense officials said that there could be no acquittals at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military commissions and pressured prosecutors to bring charges against detainees, according to Monday testimony by former Guantanamo Bay chief military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] at a pre-trial … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," was admitted to a US medical facility in Iraq on Sunday, the US military said Monday. Al-Majid had reportedly been on a hunger strike since Friday, but is now in stable condition … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday agreed to hear three cases [Order List, PDF], including the consolidated cases of US v. Eurodif (07-1059) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and USEC v. Eurodif (07-1078) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] where the Court will consider whether the federal … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The US Department of the Treasury issued proposed regulations [PDF text; press release] Monday designed to implement the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 [PDF text; HR 556 materials]. In January, US President George W. Bush issued an executive order [text; JURIST report] similarly designed to implement … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday denied [order list, PDF] without comment petitions for certiorari filed by 10 death row inmates seeking to have their executions blocked. Last Wednesday, the Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] that lethal injection [JURIST news archive] does not violate the … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The US military said Monday it plans to release [press release] Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein [AP materials; JURIST news archive] from custody Wednesday. Maj. Gen. Douglas M. Stone, the deputy commanding general for detainee operations, Multi-National Force–Iraq [official website], signed the order approving Hussein's release after confirming that … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Myanmar is completely ill-prepared to hold a national constitutional referendum [JURIST report] as part of a democratic political transition, UN Special Rapporteur on Myanmar Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] told Reuters in an interview Monday. Myanmar's 45-member Referendum Holding Commission announced last week that it had scheduled the planned … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Leftist legislators continued demonstrations [AP report] Monday in both houses of the Mexican Congress to protest an energy reform bill sent by Mexican President Felipe Calderon [official websites, in Spanish] to the Mexican Senate [official website] last week. Members of Mexico's Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) [party website, in Spanish] … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian Guantanamo Bay detainee said during a pre-trial hearing Wednesday that he plans to boycott his upcoming military commission trial and does not wish to attend or have legal representation. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi [DOD materials] described the proceedings as a "sham" and argued that the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia Abdul Hamid Mohamad [official profile] indicated his support Wednesday for the creation of an independent body to govern the appointment and promotion of judges, reportedly telling a group of judges that it would help "regain the confidence of the public in … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Police in China [JURIST news archive] have detained 953 people, of which 403 have been formally arrested, in connection with protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder] last month, Chairman of the Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region Qiangba Puncog [CIIC profile] said Wednesday. Last Friday, a top … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] New EU anti-terror laws proposed by the European Commission [official website] fail to adequately reconcile human rights concerns and may conflict with the Council of Europe's Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [COE materials], Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Rapporteur Dick Marty [personal website; JURIST news archive] said … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Slovakia has signed an enforcement of sentences agreement [PDF text] with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] to allow ICTY convicts to be held in Slovakian prisons, the ICTY announced [press release] Monday. Under the agreement, ICTY suspects who are held … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Top officials in Kosovo [JURIST news archive] signed [press release, in Albanian] the country's new draft constitution [text] Monday. The constitution now goes to the Assembly of Kosovo [official website], which is expected to approve it. Last Thursday, the European Union certified [JURIST report] that the seceded Serbian province's … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] Monday submitted to parliament a proposed amendment to the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of Turkey's penal code [text, in Turkish], which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. The amendment was promised last fall … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] One of two alleged leaders of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Wednesday denied involvement in a series of 2002 Bali night club bombings [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and other attacks allegedly committed by JI. At trial, Abu Dujana [BBC profile] … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] plans to file unspecified terrorism-related charges against one of two UK residents [JURIST report] still remaining at Guantanamo Bay, US and British officials told the New York Times Wednesday. UK officials have reportedly objected to plans to try Ethiopian detainee Binyam … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Seventeen states Wednesday filed a petition [PDF text; press release] in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit seeking to compel the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] to comply with last year's Supreme Court ruling [text; JURIST report] that the EPA has the authority under … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] New Jersey US District Judge Robert Kugler Monday sentenced Albanian Kosovar refugee Agron Abdullahu [criminal complaint, PDF], one of the six men arrested [JURIST report] in May for plotting an attack on New Jersey's Fort Dix [official website], to 20 months in prison. In October 2007, Abdullahu pleaded guilty … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] A gag order precluding former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archives] from speaking to the media expired on Sunday, but Hicks is reportedly "not interested at the moment" in speaking publicly about his detention. Hicks had agreed not to speak publicly before March 30, 2008 about his … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Monday charged [DOD press release; charge sheet, PDF] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [BBC profile] with several terrorism-related counts under the Military Commissions Act of 2006 [PDF text] stemming from his alleged involvement in the 1998 US embassy bombings in … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Chadian President Idriss Deby [official website, in French; BBC profile] Monday officially pardoned six French aid workers convicted in Chad in December of attempting to kidnap [JURIST reports] 103 African children. The six were handed over [JURIST report] to French custody in December to serve their sentences. Chad's Higher … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2008
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday agreed to hear two cases [order list, PDF] involving the First Amendment Monday, including Pleasant Grove City v. Summum (07-665) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in which the Court will consider whether a private, religious group can donate a monument … [read more]

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