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Legal news from Monday, April 16, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal jury in Louisiana Monday awarded $2.8 million in damages and penalties to an Allstate Insurance Co. [corporate website] policyholder in the second federal lawsuit to go to trial involving Louisiana homeowners affected by the Hurricane Katrina disaster [JURIST news archive]. Homeowners Robert and Merryl Weiss sued [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison detainee Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile] denied accusations of al-Qaeda involvement and made allegations of torture, according to a transcript [PDF] released Monday of his March 27 testimony before a US Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD materials]. Zubaydah, a Palestinian, testified that from [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Monday postponed [official notice] until Thursday the scheduled Tuesday testimony of US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] regarding his role in the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive] in the wake of Monday's Virginia Polytechnic Institute [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court Monday upheld a decision [JURIST report] to move former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [advocacy website, JURIST news archive] from a Siberian penal colony to a Moscow prison while officials investigate new charges of money laundering [JURIST report]. The ruling also applies to Khodorkovsky's business partner Platon [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [official websites] Monday criticized efforts to create a new constitution [JURIST news archive] for the European Union [official website], saying in a joint press conference [transcript] in London that member states could be better served simply by [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] Monday in Long Island Care At Home v. Coke [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], 06-593 [docket], in which the Court considered whether a 1975 US Labor Department exemption rule that eliminates overtime for "companionship [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday publicly rejected allegations that it had negotiated or sought a deal with Belgrade officials to conceal documents relating to the case of Bosnia and Herzegovina v. Serbia [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Prosecutor General Yuri Chaika [official website, in Russian] submitted a request to the UK Home Office [official website] on Monday to revoke the asylum status of Russian business billionaire Boris Berezovsky [MosNews profile]. Chaika also repeated previous requests for the UK to extradite Berezovsky, who has been charged [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Seoul District Court in South Korea sentenced five people to jail Monday for spying for North Korea [JURIST news archives]. Group ringleader Korean-American Michael Jang received a nine-year sentence for encouraging anti-US sentiment in South Korea under orders from North Korea in 2005. Jang initiated contact with North [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and two co-defendants on terrorism charges [indictment, PDF] began Monday with jury selection. Defense attorneys have expressed concern that potential jurors may have been tainted by early accusations that Padilla had planned to set off a radioactive "dirty bomb" [NRC factsheet], [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The governor of St. Petersburg has ordered an investigation into allegations of human rights violations during a Sunday rally opposing the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website], according to a Monday press statement. Police arrested dozens of protesters [JURIST report] Sunday before and during the rally in [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Monday that insurgents in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] are committing an increasing number of war crimes [report text; press release] by launching attacks targeting civilians. In a 116-page report entitled "The Human Cost: The Consequences of Insurgent Attacks in Afghanistan", HRW found [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] ruled unanimously Monday that Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official website; JURIST news archive] should not have been barred from running in the country's April 21 presidential election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) [official website]. Specifically, the court held that [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski and his former bodyguard Johan Tarculovski went on trial [press release] Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive]. The two men, the only Macedonians indicted by the ICTY, are charged [amended indictment, PDF; case [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Arafat Rahman, the son of former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile], was arrested Monday on corruption allegations, according to local media. Zia's elder son Tarique Rahman [party profile, in Bengali] was also arrested on arrested [JURIST report] corruption charges last month in Dhaka. Tarique, a senior [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Croatian county court in Osijek issued indictments Monday for seven persons, including a former parliamentarian, on charges of war crimes committed against Serbs, including abduction, torture and murder, during Croatia's war of independence from the former Yugoslavia. Prosecutors charged opposition lawmaker and former member of the ruling party [read more]

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