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Legal News
24 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The High Court in London ruled [text] Thursday that the British Treasury Department [official website] may not freeze the assets of suspected terrorists without going through Parliament first. Five UK terror suspects who had their assets frozen [BBC report] pursuant to two Orders in Council [backgrounder], the Terrorism (United … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Former White House advisor Karl Rove [official profile] was allegedly involved in a 2004 scheme to have Chicago-based US Attorney Patrick J. Fitzgerald [official website] fired, a federal prosecutor said Wednesday. According to the prosecutor, a witness at the corruption trial of political fundraiser Antoin "Tony" Rezko [Chicago Tribune … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The trial of former Saddam Hussein-era Deputy Prime Minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and six others will begin next week, an Iraqi judicial official said Wednesday. The seven former officials face charges related to the 1992 execution of 42 merchants accused by Hussein's government of causing … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A judge in Zimbabwe on Friday dismissed an attempt by opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] and his Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] to block a partial recount of Zimbabwe's March 29 elections [JURIST report]. Official election results have not yet been released, but independent tallies suggest … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 64-28 [roll call] Thursday to direct the US Department of Justice (DOJ) to open an investigation into discrepancies between the 2005 Safe, Accountable, Flexible, Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA-LU) [text; press release] as approved in Congress and the version that was sent to the president … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The Bush administration has asked the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit to set aside a decision [PDF text; JURIST report] by a federal judge sitting in Vermont that allowed Vermont to regulate automotive greenhouse gas emissions. In Green Mountain Plymouth Dodge Jeep v. Crombie, the US … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The UN-backed International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] swore in Silvana Arbia [press release] as new registrar in a ceremony at The Hague on Thursday, during which Arbia said [speech, PDF] that she intends to make protecting witnesses a priority as the ICC prepares for its first trial this … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Canada requested in 2002 that the United States not send detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] after his capture in Afghanistan, according to a letter submitted with court documents filed by Khadr's lawyers Thursday. Khadr's lawyers have argued that Guantanamo was … [read more]


Legal News
18 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice has opened an internal probe into whether DOJ lawyers acted improperly when advising the US Department of Defense [official websites] in a 2003 memorandum [PDF text; JURIST report] that military interrogators could employ a wide range of interrogation methods when questioning foreign detainees outside … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] South Korean prosecutors on Thursday charged Samsung [corporate website] Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [corporate profile] with breach of trust and tax evasion, but decided not to charge him based on accusations that Samsung maintained a $200 million slush fund to bribe prosecutors, judges and civil servants. Nine other … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The Nagoya District Court in Japan ruled Thursday that Japan's air force mission to Iraq breaches the Japanese constitution [text], but did not order the government to redeploy the 210 air force personnel in Kuwait aiding the US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq. In a lawsuit brought by more than 1,100 people … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] US military interrogators allegedly abused Afghan detainees in 2003 at the Gardez Detention Facility [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder] in southeastern Afghanistan, according to Pentagon documents [text; press release] released Wednesday under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website]. The documents indicate … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] A criminal court in Afghanistan is trying detainees previously held by the US detainees at Bagram Air Base and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] and is relying primarily on allegations and evidence provided by the US military, the New York Times reported Thursday. Other countries have so far refused … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit [official website] Wednesday dismissed [PDF text] a lawsuit brought by Kentucky high school student Timothy Morrison against the Boyd County Board of Education [official website] over a 2004 policy that banned Morrison and other students from expressing their opposition to … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Khaled El-Masri [JURIST news archive], the German citizen allegedly kidnapped by the CIA in 2003, petitioned [PDF complaint; press release] the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] Wednesday alleging he was tortured by the CIA. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) petitioned the IACHR, an autonomous arm … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website] Friday called on 12 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, to join the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) [PDF text] as the organization prepared to hold a review conference [OPCW materials] next week. So far, 183 countries … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian], the country's lower house of parliament, voted 363-8 Friday to approve new restrictions on national referendums, despite a universal walk-out by all 57 Communist Party [party website, in Russian] members. Referendums are binding under Russian law, and the new restrictions effectively … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani [official profile] said Friday that he will restore Pakistan's constitution [text], ensure the supremacy of the country's parliament, and preserve judicial independence [JURIST report]. Speaking at a news conference commemorating the death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto [BBC backgrounder], the former civilian PM and … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The UN disability rights treaty [JURIST news archive] will take effect on May 3, 30 days after the 20th country ratified the treaty. Ecuador became the 20th signatory [press release; ratification list] of the pact Thursday after it opened for signature [JURIST report] last March. The treaty protects the … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [advocacy websites] announced in a joint statement Thursday that they have teamed up to provide experienced defense attorneys [press release] to defend seven or more specific detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] facing trials … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff joined forces Thursday to speak out against the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 [S 2035 materials] in separate letters [Chertoff letter, PDF; Mukasey and McConnell letter, PDF; … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog] was sentenced Thursday to 3.5 years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power [JURIST news archive]. Hu's trial [HRW case history; JURIST report] began last month; he was formally charged in February after he made public [JURIST reports] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Liberia struggles with corruption in its criminal justice system, poor detention conditions and sexual and gender-based violence, including rape and forced marriage, according to a UN Mission in Liberia [official website] combined quarterly report [PDF text; press release] covering May-October 2007 that was released Wednesday. The report recommended that … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The Egyptian state prosecutor ordered an investigation Wednesday into accusations that 147 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] caused riots during unauthorized protests on Tuesday against the government for not allowing them to participate in municipal elections set for April 8. Egyptian security forces Tuesday … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2008
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The US Justice Department advised the Bush administration in October 2001 that the protection against unreasonable searches and seizures enshrined in the Fourth Amendment [text] to the US Constitution did not apply to "domestic military operations" conducted in pursuit of terrorism suspects after the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news … [read more]

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