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Legal News
6 Dec 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Alaskan state officials said Wednesday that they are presently building a civil case against oil giant BP [corporate website] for two oil spills in Prudhoe Bay in March and August of 2006. The announcement by the environmental division of the Alaska Department of Law [official website] comes less than … [read more]


Legal News
6 Dec 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Corrupt police and court systems are the most common institutions to demand bribes [press release], according to a report [PDF text] released Thursday by Berlin-based corruption watchdog Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website]. The TI Global Corruption Barometer 2007 [TI website] found that globally "25 per cent of respondents who … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A group of renowned Chinese lawyers and academics Tuesday released an open letter to the Chinese government [text, in Chinese], calling for the end of "re-education" labor camps. The scholars said the camps, originally designed in 1957 to deal with political dissidents, violate the Chinese constitution because sentences are … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Former Pakistani prime ministers Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Benazir Bhutto [personal website; JURIST news archive] are in negotiations to draw up a list of formal demands they say must be met by the government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] before … [read more]


Legal News
29 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Israeli police Thursday concluded a corruption investigation into Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website; JURIST news archive], telling prosecutors at the Ministry of Justice [official website] that they do not believe there is enough evidence to indict Olmert on allegations that he illegally interfered [JURIST report] with the … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday unanimously approved [press release] the appointment of Serge Brammertz [ICC profile; JURIST news archive] as the new chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] nominated Brammertz [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
28 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Twelve states filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] Wednesday, seeking to invalidate new regulations that relax disclosure requirements [EPA Toxic Release Inventory materials] for companies storing or emitting 500 or more pounds of toxins. The civil case will be … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Paulo Sergio Pinheiro [official profile] told reporters at the end of a five-day visit [JURIST report] to Myanmar [JURIST news archive] Thursday that he was able to meet with a number of prominent political prisoners, but that his request to meet with opposition … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A British court ruled Thursday that the radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can be extradited to the United States on charges of supporting terrorism. Abu Hamza, who is currently serving a seven-year sentence in the UK [JURIST report] for urging his followers to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The European Parliament committee on CIA activities in Europe (TDIP) [official website] will reopen its investigation into the alleged operation of secret CIA prisons [JURIST news archive] in Europe, two committee members said Wednesday. Giulietto Chiesa and Claudio Fava [official profiles] said that new evidence of secret prisons and … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] US State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard [official profile] Wednesday testified before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] and denied allegations [opening statement, PDF] that he politicized the Inspector General's Office by obstructing inquiries that could harm the Bush administration. The allegations brought against Krongard … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] ruled Thursday that Tsar Nicholas II [Wikipedia profile] and his family were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918 [eyewitness account], and therefore not eligible for legal rehabilitation. The decision upholds a September determination [JURIST report] by Russia's Prosecutor General [official website, … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal [official website] ruled Thursday that warrants for documents seized from former Deputy President Jacob Zuma [advocacy website; party profile] were lawfully obtained, and could be used against him in any potential corruption trial. The court heard arguments in the case [JURIST report], filed … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Bosnian police Wednesday arrested retired Serbian General Novack Djukic [press release, in Bosnian] for alleged involvement in a 1995 war crime in which the Republika Srpska Army [UN backgrounder] fired a single artillery shell into the central square of the town of Tuzla. Seventy-one people died as a result … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The Interpol General Assembly [official website] Wednesday voted to issue arrest notices [press release] for five Iranians and one Lebanese man wanted in connection with the 1994 bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish Community Center [Wikipedia backgrounder]. On Monday, Iran ended its formal attempts [JURIST report] to prevent the … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A London jury Thursday found that the Metropolitan Police violated laws relating to health and public safety [Met press release] when it shot and killed [JURIST report] Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes [advocacy website; BBC profile] in a London Tube station in 2005, believing him to be a suicide … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A federal judge Wednesday enjoined [order and memorandum decision, PDF] the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) [official website] from implementing new rules [FR final rule notice, PDF] that would have limited the number of claims that can be included in a patent application and the number of times … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Sri Lankan Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe Wednesday dismissed claims [press release] made earlier this week by UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak that torture was widespread and routine [JURIST report] throughout Sri Lanks. Samarasinghe said that in meetings with officials in Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive], Nowak … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Spain's Congress of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] Wednesday passed legislation [press release, in Spanish] condemning the coup and subsequent fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder; LOC backgrounder], overcoming opposition from conservatives that the bill would reopen controversies best left in the past. If passed by the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] One of the six men arrested [JURIST report] in May for plotting an attack on a New Jersey military base pleaded guilty Wednesday to "conspiring to provide firearms and ammunition" [press release, PDF] to the others, whom he knew to be illegal immigrants. The other men allegedly plotted to … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong [official website] told reporters Thursday that the joint Cambodia-UN tribunal that will try former Khmer Rouge leaders accused of genocide requires additional funds to extend its work into 2010. Although the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] A judicial panel of the British House of Lords [official websites] Wednesday narrowly ruled that Scottish subjects can pursue cases related to alleged human rights abuses [judgment text] of prisoners by the Scottish Prison Service [official website] occurring as far back as 1999. Considering a test case brought by … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice testified [recorded video] Wednesday in front of the House Foreign Affairs Committee [official website] that the rendition [JURIST news archive] of Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] was not "handled as it should have been," but stopped short of apologizing … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] The US Senate Wednesday confirmed embattled Mississippi Court of Appeals Justice Leslie H. Southwick [official profile; nomination information] to the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit by a vote of 59-38 [roll call], despite broad criticism of the nominee from Democrats and civil rights groups. Southwick, who … [read more]


Legal News
24 Oct 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Protesters in 12 cities around the world demonstrated against the Myanmar junta Wednesday to commemorate 12 years of detention [press release] for Nobel peace laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The protests coincided with an increase in international attention on Myanmar following the junta's violent … [read more]

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