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Legal news from Tuesday, May 24, 2005
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] British Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official website] announced Tuesday that three British men, all Greenwich Natwest [corporate website] bankers, will be extradited to the US to face trial for their involvment in the Enron scandal. Clarke is upholding a London court's ruling from October [JURIST report]. The bankers face [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] accused the US [HRW press release] Tuesday of allowing two US citizens of Pakistani descent to be tortured and abused while being held in Pakistan as suspected al Qaeda members. Brothers Kashan and Zain Afzal were detained in Pakistan for eight months, during which [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The High Court in Spain on Tuesday freed on bail 9/11 suspect Ghasoub al Abrash Ghalyoun. A real estate developer in Spain, Ghalyoun is accused of taking amateur video while on vacation in the US and providing it to members of al Qaeda to aid in the 9/11 terrorist [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Three women Russian judges are nearly halfway through Mikhail Khodorkovsky's [defense website] verdict document Tuesday after seven days of reading. The verdict-reading [JURIST report] has presented evidence that will most likely result in a conviction for Khodorkovsky, the former CEO of Russia's largest oil firm, Yukos [corporate website], as [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Italy on Tuesday ordered that trained explosives expert Rabei Osman Sayed Ahmed face trial in Milan on charges separate from the Madrid attack. Investigators have accused Ahmed, whose trial is expected to begin on October 8 2005, of preparing terrorist attacks in Italy and elsewhere in [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey police said Tuesday that they were only in the initial stages of an investigation that has so far revealed data theft from over 700,000 account holders from four major banks in the US. Ten arrests have been made in the scam affecting Bank of America [official website], [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] FBI lawyers speaking in front of the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] on Tuesday asked for sweeping new powers to seize records from private citizens and businesses in terrorism investigations without first obtaining a judge's approval. The FBI [official website] seeks the power to issue administrative [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Supporters of the International Court of Justice and international law have been mildly encouraged by showings of at least mild deference to the ICJ by most members of the US Supreme Court Court in its closely watched Medellin ruling [JURIST report, Duke Law backgrounder] on Monday. In Medellin, the [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Pfc. Lynndie England [Wikipedia profile] on Tuesday decided to forgo her right to challenge the seven charges she faces for her role in the Abu Ghraib prison scandal [JURIST news archive]. England defense attorney Capt. Jonathon Crisp did not elaborate on why he decided not to go [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Six Pitcairn Island men, found guilty of multiple sexual abuse charges in October 2004 [JURIST report], have lost their appeal in the Pitcairn Supreme Court sitting in Auckland, New Zealand. The Court denied all of the defense's arguments, including a claim that British law did not apply to the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Upon reconsidering [JURIST report] its former ban [JURIST report] on reformist candidates, Iran's Guardian Council [Wikipedia entry] has now officially reinstated former higher education minister Mostafa Moin [Wikipedia entry] and incumbent Vice President Mohsen Mehr-Alizadeh as candidates in the June 17 presidential elections. Moin, an outspoken reformist, has promised [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Tuesday prepared to confirm Texas Supreme Court Justice Priscilla Owen [official profile] to the 5th US Circuit Court of Appeals Tuesday following a bipartisan deal reached Monday night [JURIST report; NRO text] that avoided a showdown over judicial nominees and assured Owen the simple majority needed [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's Interior Ministry Tuesday announced the arrests of three more suspects in connection with the 2004 Madrid train bombing [BBC backgrounder], al-Qaeda's deadliest attack on Europe. The three Moroccan men, Mourad Bhar, 20, Abdelkhalak Chergui, 29, and Abdelhak Chergui, 32, are suspected of providing arms and financing for the [read more]

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