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Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Blackwater security contractors who were involved in the September 16 shooting [JURIST report] of Iraqi civilians ignored a direct order from Blackwater and US State Department personnel prior to the shooting incident, according to an amended complaint [PDF text; press release] filed in US federal court Monday on behalf … [read more]


Legal News
27 Nov 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Only 37 of over 5700 lawyers, rights activists, opposition figures and others arrested after Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf issued a declaration of emergency rule [PDF text] earlier this month still remain in custody, Pakistani Interior Ministry spokesman Brig Javed Iqbal Cheema said Tuesday. Of those 37, 32 were arrested … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Canada's ruling Conservative Party [party website] government Tuesday reintroduced two Senate [official website] reform bills that would abolish government-appointed senators and limit the number of terms a senator could serve. The first bill [C-56 text] would allow each province to vote to fill vacancies in the Senate. The federal … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The accumulated evidence against former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile] may be insufficient to compel the United Kingdom to extradite the ousted prime minister on corruption charges, according to Chief Prosecutor for Foreign Litigation Sampan Sarathana as reported in the Bangkok Post Tuesday. Saranthana travelled to London [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Montenegrin Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic signed the EU-Montenegro Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) [press release, PDF] Monday, a preliminary step in Montenegro's possible accession [EU materials] to the European Union (EU). The SAA is expected to prepare Montenegro for a projected EU membership in 2015 by creating concrete trade … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] US District Judge Gladys Kessler of the DC District Court [official website] has directly intervened to block the transfer of a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to Tunisia, where he faced the threat of torture. In her decision last week, which was not made public until Tuesday, Kessler … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The corruption and violence permeating the Nigerian government have reached crisis levels, according to a report [text; press release] issued Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. Comparing the behavior of the Nigerian government to a criminal organization, the HRW report said that politicians use hired thugs to … [read more]


Legal News
9 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] Tuesday sentenced [press release, PDF] two former leaders of Sierra Leone's Civil Defense Forces (CDF) [SCSL case materials] - Moinina Fofana and Allieu Kondewa - to six and eight years imprisonment, respectively. The sentences will run from the date they … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Four doctors and a New Jersey pharmaceutical company were acquitted Monday of all criminal charges surrounding the dissemination of a tainted blood clotting product in Canada in the 1980s and 1990s, a public health disaster that infected more than 20,000 people with hepatitis C and more than 1,000 people … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) said Monday that it would send a team of investigators to Iraq to study the circumstances surrounding a September shooting incident involving employees of the privately contracted security firm Blackwater USA [corporate website] that left 11 Iraqi civilians dead. According to the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Oct 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has confirmed its ruling that a Polish woman's rights were violated when she was denied an abortion based on medical concerns that the pregnancy may cause her to go blind. Alicja Tysiac suffered a retinal hemorrhage after delivering her child by cesarean … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The Israeli Attorney General announced Monday that he was opening an investigation into a real estate purchase made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website]. The criminal probe centers on a Jerusalem apartment for which Olmert paid the value of 320,000 American dollars. Olmert is accused of receiving … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] South African President Thabo Mbeki [official profile] suspended National Prosecuting Authority chief Vusi Pikoli Monday, citing a strained relationship between Pikoli and his superior, Minister of Justice Bridget Mabandla [official website], as the primary motive for the suspension. Pikoli was appointed to lead an elite corruption fighting agency in … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Closing arguments began Monday in the case against the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development [ADL backgrounder], a Muslim foundation charged with financing international terrorism by supporting the Palestinian group Hamas [BBC backgrounder]. Once the largest Muslim charity in the United States, federal prosecutors shut down the Holy … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] Monday called on the UK to support the proposed EU Reform Treaty [PDF text; EU materials]. During a speech [text] to delegates of the UK Liberal Democratic Party [party website], Barroso emphasized that the reform treaty is not simply a retread … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The European Union said Monday that it will only sign a new pre-membership aid and economic deal with Serbia when that country has demonstrated its cooperation with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Carla Del Ponte [official profile], the ICTY chief prosecutor, will submit … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] Charles McArthur Emmanuel [JURIST news archive], son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor, pleaded not guilty Monday to a US federal indictment charging him with involvement in killings and torture in Liberia. Emmanuel, a Boston-born US citizen, was the first person ever to be indicted under a 1994 federal … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] California resident Hamid Hayat was sentenced to 24 years in a federal prison Monday following his 2006 conviction [JURIST report] for supporting terrorism and lying to the FBI. Because Hayat [JURIST news archive] had no prior criminal record, US District Court Judge Garland Burrell Jr. [official profile] determined that … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] A prominent Russian lawyer and government critic was accused Tuesday of disclosing state secrets about government wiretapping to the Russian Constitutional Court [RIN backgrounder]. Boris Kuznetsov [American Russian Law Institute profile] fled the country recently after a city court approved a criminal investigation last week; Tuesday's move by the … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had produced enough evidence in the trial of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and his co-defendants that the case should go to a jury, rejecting a motion for acquittal filed by the defense. The prosecution rested [JURIST report] last week, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The Bosnian war crimes tribunal Tuesday sentenced [press release] a Bosnian Muslim to 30 years in prison for war crimes committed against Serbs in the 1992 - 1995 civil war [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Niset Ramic received the longest sentence yet handed down by the Bosnian War Crimes Chamber. The court … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The case of six foreign medics [JURIST news archive] who were sentenced to death [JURIST report] last year for infecting hundreds of children in a Libyan hospital with AIDS has been settled, according to the Gaddafi Foundation [official website] Tuesday. The announcement comes one day before the Libyan Supreme … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The UK Foreign Office [official website] said Tuesday that Russia's refusal to extradite the primary suspect [JURIST report] in the murder of British citizen and former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile] was "unacceptable." Prime Minister Gordon Brown said his office was still considering how to respond to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The Chicago jury in the federal fraud trial of Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [JURIST news archive] reported Tuesday that it was unable to render a unanimous decision on all counts against Black. The jurors sent a note to Judge Amy St. Eve [official profile] of … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] The interim government of Thailand [JURIST news archive] has proposed an internal security bill that would allow the military to remain a political force even after the election of a civilian-run government, according to critics Tuesday. The proposal would transform the army chief into the head of Internal Security … [read more]

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