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Legal news from Tuesday, May 8, 2007
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police Tuesday broke up a rally of about 50 lawyers who had gathered to protest the the arrest and imprisonment of two human rights lawyers, assaulting some attendees with rubber batons, according to a witness. Alec Muchadehama and Andrew Makoni, who represent opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Parliament of Pakistan [official website] Tuesday rejected a proposal to soften the country's strict blasphemy laws [text] that impose death or life imprisonment for insults to the Prophet Mohammed. Minno Bhandara, a Christian lawmaker in the National Assembly, had introduced a motion to bring the law more into [read more]

18:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday created a panel of judges to hear a legal challenge [PDF petition] by suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] to the proceedings against him for alleged misconduct. Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) [governing constitutional provisions] had been conducting [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] A New York appeals court Tuesday dismissed [text] four of six claims against former New York Stock Exchange chairman Richard Grasso [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], finding they were not within the New York attorney general's authority to bring. Grasso was forced out of the stock exchange in 2003 [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] A US Marine legal adviser charged with failure to properly report and investigate the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] appeared before a military panel Tuesday that will decide whether the charges should go to court-martial. Capt. Randy W. Stone, formerly of the [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Monday sent a letter to a former federal prosecutor, asking him to speak with investigators looking into the recent US Attorney firing scandal [JURIST news archive] and a possible link to voter fraud prosecutions. The Committee seeks to question former US Attorney [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A committee struck to reform Iraq's constitution [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday it planned to have its recommendations ready to go before the Iraqi parliament next week. The 31-member committee, which includes Shiites, Sunni Arabs and ethnic Kurds, must complete its proposals by May 15, according to the Iraqi [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights activist Umida Niyazova received a suspended sentence on Tuesday after reading a confession and expressing regret for "the crimes [she] committed unintentionally." The Uzbek appeals court reduced the seven-year sentence [JURIST report] she received last week after being convicted of illegal border crossing, smuggling, and distributing Islamic [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Six Islamic militants have been arrested [press release, PDF] for allegedly planning an attack on New Jersey military base Fort Dix [official website], the US Attorney for New Jersey said Tuesday. The men, who have been under surveillance for the past 16 months, have been charged with a conspiracy [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Federal Court Judge Richard Mosley refused to require the release of confidential evidence [ruling, PDF; summary, PDF] against alleged terrorist Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC backgrounder] on Monday, saying "that disclosure of most of the information would be injurious to national security or to international relations." Mosley told defense [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A New Orleans court suspended the criminal trials of 98 indigent defendants Monday, 20 of whom were released from prison. Judge Arthur Hunter [JURIST news archive] of the Orleans Parish Criminal District Court [official website] told the defendants that while the charges are not being dropped, the defendants will [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US may attempt to force the establishment of a UN tribunal to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told [AA report, in Arabic] Al Arabiya television Monday. Under Chapter VII of the [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said Tuesday that a report from the US Commission on International Religious Freedom [official website] that accused China of imprisoning and torturing people based on their religion was ignorant and prejudiced. In a statement [text, in Chinese] posted on the Foreign Ministry's website, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The twenty-sixth sessions [UNFCCC materials] of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice and the Subsidiary Body for Implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) [official website] opened in Bonn, Germany, on Monday, as hundreds of diplomats gathered to discuss a future compact to replace [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] has neglected to censure countries committing gross violations of human rights, including Cuba, Saudi Arabia and China, according to a report [PDF text] released Monday by rights watchdog group UN Watch [advocacy website]. The report stated that:Sadly, despite having some promise [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The two Cuban soldiers who last week killed an army officer while attempting to hijack a plane [Reuters report] to flee the island were encouraged to do so by last month's US release of anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive], according to a statement Cuban President Fidel [read more]

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