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Legal News
30 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] International judges appointed to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] said Monday that the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] genocide trials can move forward after the Cambodian Bar Association (BAKC) agreed to dramatically reduce the fees [JURIST report] it proposed to levy on foreign … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Former CIA director George Tenet [BBC profile; Wikipedia profile] repeatedly denied that torture has been used during interrogations of terror suspects in an interview [text; recorded video part 1 and part 2] with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. Tenet said that no one has ever died as a … [read more]


Legal News
30 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] China is not doing enough to remedy human rights abuses [press release] prior to the 2008 Olympics [official website] in Beijing, according to a report [text] released by Amnesty International [advocacy website] Monday. The group criticized China for the use of increased restrictions on domestic media and the Internet … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] US Democratic and Republic senators sparred over the habeas corpus rights of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees at a US Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] hearing [witness list and prepared statements] Wednesday. In a rare appearance as a committee witness [prepared testimony; recorded video], US Senate Judiciary … [read more]


Legal News
27 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps [official website] has been told to expect charges to be filed against five to seven Marines who are being investigated for killing ten civilians [JURIST report] near Jalalabad, Afghanistan on March 4, according to a Marine official speaking on the condition of anonymity. A preliminary … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Arafat Rahman, the son of former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile], was released Tuesday after being arrested [JURIST report] the day before on corruption allegations, according to local media reports. The reason for Arafat's release was not apparent Tuesday, but negotiations between Zia and the military-backed … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Nigerian electoral commission said Tuesday that Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website] would be included on the ballots for this coming Saturday's presidential elections, after the Nigerian Supreme Court [official website] overturned his disqualification [JURIST report] as a candidate. A spokesman for the Independent National Electoral Commission … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A federal judge began hearings Monday to decide whether John Hinckley, Jr. [PBS profile] should be given more freedom outside the mental hospital where he was sent after being found not guilty by reason of insanity in the 1981 attempted assassination of US President Ronald Reagan [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Hospital … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Chinese officials Tuesday criticized US plans to file a case [JURIST report] against China [JURIST news archive] at the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website; JURIST news archive] for lax enforcement of copyright violations and trademarks. Wang Xinpei, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce [official website], released … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A lawyer for the Venezuelan government said Monday that the US is preventing Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile; additional materials] from being brought to trial for allegations that he plotted the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner [Wikipedia backgrounder; additional materials]. Carriles is currently in the US awaiting an … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A Chinese lawyer and outspoken critic of the Chinese government has accused authorities of torturing him to confess to subversion charges, according to letters and recordings that were recently made public by a fellow activist. Gao Zhisheng [Wikipedia profile] alleges that he was handcuffed or made to sit in … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Tuesday slightly reduced the 32-year sentence [opinion, PDF; ICTY press release] of former Bosnian Serb leader Radislav Brdjanin [ICTY case backgrounder], but upheld the majority of his 2004 convictions [JURIST report] for crimes against … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The Nigerian Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) [official website] has the right to disqualify presidential candidates for fraud, thus barring Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website; JURIST news archive] from running in the April 21 election. INEC removed Abubakar's name from … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Taiwanese Nationalist Party (KMT) [party website, in Chinese] leader Ma Ying-jeou [official website, in Chinese; Wikipedia profile] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to corruption charges [JURIST report] and said he plans to run in the 2008 presidential elections no matter what the court's verdict. The charges against Ma stem from … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters rallied outside the Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday wearing signs and shouting chants against Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; BBC profile] for suspending [JURIST report] the country's chief justice last month as a hearing regarding the suspension took place inside the court. Chief Justice … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick [official website] has directed the Massachusetts Department of Public Health [official website] to register the same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] of 26 couples from outside the state whose licenses were not previously allowed to be included in state records by former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney … [read more]


Legal News
3 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] is investigating Apple's iTunes [JURIST news archive] to determine if sales restrictions based on the buyer's country of residence violate EU antitrust laws, according to a commission statement confirming the probe [press release] Tuesday. Music buyers in Europe are currently only able to download … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Dutch prosecutors Monday sought to introduce documents from the ongoing genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline] of Saddam-era Iraqi officials for the gassing deaths of Kurds in the so-called "Anfal" campaign [HRW backgrounder] to oppose an appeal [JURIST report] by a Dutch businessman convicted of selling chemicals … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Iraqi prosecutors Monday sought the death penalty for Ali Hassan al-Majid [JURIST news archive; BBC profile], the cousin of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] known to Western media as "Chemical Ali" for allegedly using poisonous gas to clear Kurdish villages in the 1980s. Al-Majid is facing charges in a … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] has submitted an application to be transferred to a prison near his home in South Australia to serve the remainder of his nine-month sentence [JURIST report] after pleading guilty [JURIST report] to a charge of supporting terrorism [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] Iraqi Shiite religious leader Grand Ayatollah al-Sistani [official website] Sunday rejected a proposed law [JURIST report] which would return former Baath party [BBC backgrounder] members to their previously held government positions, according to Ahmed Chalabi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], head of the Supreme National Commission for de-Baathification [official … [read more]


Legal News
2 Apr 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] US Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] Sunday rejected attempts by the Bush administration to move up the date that US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] is scheduled to testify regarding his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive]. White House … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The US Deputy Assistant Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks violated federal rules against sharing non-public endangered species information with private industry groups, according to an investigative report released Thursday. Julie MacDonald, who joined the Bush administration in 2002, admitted that she gave internal US Interior Department [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] passed a resolution Friday calling on Sudan [JURIST news archive] to allow a group of rights experts to visit the region of Darfur [JURIST news archive], but did not actually criticize the Sudanese government for the atrocities occurring there. The resolution passed … [read more]


Legal News
30 Mar 2007
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] New US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] said Thursday that the White House and Congress should collaborate to close the US prison camp in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] by transferring the more dangerous detainees elsewhere. Gates told the US House Defense Appropriations Committee [official website] that less … [read more]

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