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Legal News
13 Jan 2009
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Former US Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld [official profile], as well as more than 100 military officers and personnel, have been sued for the wrongful deaths [complaint, PDF] of two former detainees who committed suicide while at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Family members of the deceased filed the complaint … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2009
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review (USCMCR) [official website] on Tuesday heard arguments [DOD press release] on whether to reinstate the allegedly torture-induced confession of Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], which was thrown out [JURIST report] by a military commission last … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2009
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] US President-elect Barack Obama [transition website; JURIST news archive] said during an interview [ABC transcript] broadcast Sunday that he has not ruled out prosecuting officials for rights abuses committed under the Bush administration. Asked whether he would appoint a special prosecutor to independently investigate the greatest crimes of the … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2009
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Turkish police on Sunday arrested 12 more people and detained an additional 33 in an investigation of an alleged plot to overthrow the government of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website]. The arrests on Sunday follow the detention [JURIST report] last week of the former head … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean court on Monday delayed ruling on whether leading human rights campaigner Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website] and eight other activists charged with plotting to overthrow the government should be released pending trial. Mukoko, the head of the Zimbabwe Peace Project, and eight other activists were charged last week … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] on Sunday commenced a new trial of two Saddam-era officials, including senior figures of Hussein's government, for their alleged involvement in the execution of thousands of political opponents during Hussein’s rule. The defendants include Hussein’s cousin, Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] Sunday condemned [statement text] what she called Israel’s “disproportionate use of force” against Hamas targets in Gaza and urged the Israeli government to “uphold international humanitarian law principles, especially those relating to proportionality in the use … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website] on Sunday overruled a district court decision to release former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pending his trial on corruption charges, citing risks of flight, collusion and interference with other witnesses. The Taipei district court’s decision to release Chen … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski [official profile] expressed reservations Saturday over the prospect of accepting detainees released from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] as part of a US strategy to close the prison. In an interview [excerpts, in Polish] with the Dziennik daily, Sikorski ventured that "the establishment of … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website] on Monday delayed a vote to determine the future of non-US foreign troops in the country. On Saturday, the parliament rejected a draft law [JURIST report] that would have permitted 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, El Salvador, and Estonia … [read more]


Legal News
22 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Russia's Federation Council [official website, in Russian], the upper house of parliament, gave final approval Monday to amendments to the Russian Constitution [materials] that would extend presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for parliament members [Article 96(1) text] from four to five years. … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Italian Judge Oscar Magi on Wednesday suspended the in absentia trial of 26 Americans [JURIST news archive], most of them suspected of working for the CIA, and five former Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Moscow Military District Court judge Yevgeny Zubov on Thursday ordered that the trial of three men accused of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] be closed to the public to hear classified evidence, limiting an earlier decision to keep the proceedings open [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Media reports that Clinton-era Deputy US Attorney General Eric Holder [professional profile; JURIST report] has been selected for nomination to the position of US Attorney General by President-elect Barack Obama prompted the the Republican National Committee (RNC) [party website] to circulate an e-mail [text] Wednesday criticizing Holder for his … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Tuesday filed a government motion [text, PDF] asking a federal judge to review the procedure for handling appeals by detainees being held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The DOJ claims that the current rules, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Authors of a new report [text, PDF] on detainees released from US detention in Guantanamo Bay [Global Security backgrounder; JURIST news archive] are urging US president-elect Barack Obama [official website; JURIST news archive] to form an independent, nonpartisan commission with subpoena powers to investigate the treatment of US detainees … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] Crime victims gained a higher profile in California’s criminal justice system on Tuesday with voter approval of Proposition 9 [text, PDF], also known as the Victims’ Rights Protection Act of 2008. The only winner among three criminal justice initiatives, Proposition 9, championed by Friends of Marsy's Law [advocacy website], … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] An arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of genocide in Darfur could “derail” the peace process in Sudan according to a statement by Assistant Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Edmond Mulet on Wednesday. Reporting [press release; recorded video] to the UN Security Counsel … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] A court in military-ruled Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday sentenced nine activists to six months in prison after they complained that their trials were being held in secret, according to a statement by one of their lawyers speaking to Reuters. The presiding judge at the trial … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of South Korea [official website] upheld a law criminalizing adultery on Thursday, rejecting complaints that the 55-year-old law is outdated and constitutes an invasion of privacy. The challenge was brought by the lawyers of popular South Korean actress Ok So Ri, who was charged under the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The European Court of First Instance [official website] on Thursday struck down [case materials] a decision [PDF text] by the Council of the European Union [official website] freezing the assets of the prominent Iranian opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) [group website]. The court annulled the 2007 … [read more]


Legal News
23 Oct 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] announced Wednesday that it has filed new war crimes charges against two Kuwaiti men held at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Fouad Rabia, a US-educated aeronautical engineer suspected of running a supply depot at Tora Bora, and … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] has launched a series of legal actions in the European Court of Justice [official website; JURIST news archive] against EU member states for failures to abide by EU laws, according to press statements [text] released by the Commission on Thursday. Filings ranged from infringement … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday requested [court order, PDF] more information on an arrest warrant application for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who faces charges of genocide, crimes against humanity, and war crimes for atrocities committed in the country's Darfur region … [read more]


Legal News
16 Oct 2008
by Benjamin Klein

[JURIST] A commission established to investigate the political and ethnic violence that followed Kenya's disputed December 2007 presidential election [JURIST reports] released [press release] a report [PDF] on Wednesday recommending the establishment of an international tribunal to try suspected perpetrators. The Commission of Inquiry into Post-Election Violence cited “systematic attacks … [read more]

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