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Legal news from Saturday, July 16, 2005
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian security officials hedged Saturday on their willingness to comply with a request by British officials for the extradition of Magdy Mahmoud Mustafa el-Nashar, currently detained in Cairo in connection with the July 7 bombings in London [JURIST report]. Egypt and Britain do not have an extradition treaty, and [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Kyrgyz Constitutional Court Saturday declared interim Prime Minister Kurmanbek Bakiyev [official website in Russian;, Wikipedia profile] the winner of the Kyrgyz presidential election, held on July 10 after the resignation of former president Askar Akayev [JURIST report]. Article 45 of the Kyrgyz Constitution mandates that the Constitutional Court [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] In his weekly radio address [streaming audio, transcript], President Bush Saturday described his model candidate to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [JURIST report] as "a fair-minded individual who represents the mainstream of American law and American values" and "will pledge to faithfully interpret the Constitution and laws of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] French interior minister Nicolas Sarkozy [Wikipedia profile] stated Friday that France will continue to punish anyone preaching militant Islam in France with deportation. For over a year now, France has formally embraced a deportation policy for anyone using Islam to incite violence [BBC report]. There are fears among the [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A report submitted by Switzerland Friday to the UN General Assembly [official website] in its capacity as guardian of the Geneva Conventions [reference guide] called on Israel to promise disassembly of the West Bank Security Fence [official website] if and when the threat of Palestinian suicide bombings subsides. The [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] An official from the Iraqi Special Tribunal [JURIST news archive; official website] established to try Saddam Hussein said Saturday that no date has been set for the former dictator's trial, despite a report earlier this week that the date would be set soon [JURIST report]. Responding to reports that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US military command in Iraq Saturday announced charges against eleven US soldiers [Multi-National Force statement] for violating the Uniform Code of Military Justice by assaulting several suspected insurgents. The charges were filed Wednesday and came after another soldier provided information on the alleged abuse. The Army's Criminal Investigation [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's deputy UN ambassador Fesial al-Istrabadi said Friday that independent investigators have found evidence of "gross mismanagement" and potential corruption in the UN Oil-for-Food program [JURIST news archive] related to currency exchange rates with the fluctuating dinar. Independent Inquiry Committee [official website] investigators, led by former US Federal Reserve [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Gerry Spence [law firm website], the lawyer for Brandon Mayfield, the Muslim-convert Portland attorney arrested and accused of involvement in Madrid's 2004 terrorist bombings, said in court [JURIST report] Friday that FBI agents intentionally withheld information from a judge in order to obtain a material witness arrest warrant for [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] was correct in denying a nonprofit group's petition [case chronology] to regulate industrial gases and automobile emission pollutants that contribute to global warming [EPA backgrounder]. After the EPA rejected the [read more]

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