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Legal news from Wednesday, May 23, 2007
21:05 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Burundi [JURIST news archive] and the United Nations (UN) [official website] agreed Wednesday to establish a tribunal to try those accused of war crimes during the nation's 12-year civil war [Wikipedia backgrounder], according to the UN. Burundi has also agreed to create a truth and reconciliation [read more]

20:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website; JURIST news archive] limited the president's power to appoint and dismiss members of local judiciaries on Wednesday. The ruling affirmed that of the country's High Justice Council [official website]. In Ukraine, local judges and their deputies are first appointed by the Ukrainian [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives narrowly passed the Federal Price Gouging Prevention Act [HR 1252 summary; JURIST report] Wednesday, approving heavy criminal penalties for oil companies and individuals who take "unfair advantage" or charge "unconscionably excessive" prices for fuel. House leaders used an expedited legislative process, so the bill [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Advocate General Paolo Mengozzi of the European Court of Justice [official website] upheld the rights of trade unions in two opinions Wednesday. In Laval v. Partneri (C-341/05) [opinion; press release, PDF in French], Mengozzi advised the court to allow trade unions to force companies from foreign EU member states [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Milorad Ulemek, paramilitary commander under Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive], was convicted with 11 others on Wednesday for the assassination of former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic [BBC obituary; memorial website]. The Special Court in Belgrade sentenced Ulemek to 40 years imprisonment, the maximum sentence allowed under Serbian law, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive] testified before the House Judiciary Committee [official website] Wednesday about the fired US Attorneys scandal [JURIST news archive], saying she did not play a key role in the firings [prepared statement, PDF] but believed that previous Senate Judiciary [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International Secretary-General Irene Khan condemned [press release] the United States and other "Western democratic states" Wednesday for what she characterized as attempts "to roll back some fundamental principles of human rights" in their efforts to fight terrorism. Khan's remarks came with the release of the Amnesty International Report [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeals for England and Wales ruled [judgment text] Wednesday that provisions of the Asylum and Immigration Act 2004 [text] are incompatible with the European Convention on Human Rights [PDF text], and upheld a 2005 lower court decision [JURIST report] striking them down. The Act, designed to [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Paris Court of Appeal [official website, in French] Tuesday raised the sentences of nine Islamic militants convicted of "criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise" from nine years to the maximum of 10 years in prison. The nine were among 25 defendants convicted [JURIST report] in June [read more]

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[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeals Wednesday upheld [judgment text] a 2006 lower court ruling that a group of Indian Ocean islanders known as the Chagossians [advoacy website; Wikipedia backgrounder] must be allowed to return [JURIST report] to the group of islands comprising their homeland. In dismissing the British government's [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ali Ahmed Kurd, a senior lawyer on the defense team for suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive], accused Pakistani government lawyers Tuesday of "wasting the time of [the Supreme Court of Pakistan] and the entire nation" by stalling judicial proceedings in his case. Kurd [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi [official profile] said Tuesday that the European Union should avoid any radical changes to the draft European Constitution [JURIST news archive], telling European Parliament members that a compromise on the treaty is not an adequate solution for Europe. Prodi told MEPs that Italy will [read more]

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[JURIST] US federal agents with the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Social Security Administration Office of Inspector General [official websites] conducted a joint raid [ICE press release] on a poultry processing plant owned by George's Processing Inc. in Butterfield, Missouri Tuesday, arresting more than 100 employees for immigration [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales told a British parliamentary committee [prepared statement] Tuesday that top judges were very concerned with the establishment of the new Ministry of Justice (MOJ) [official website] after they and the government failed to reach any agreement on resolution of constitutional problems [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive] told the House Judiciary Committee [official website] in a letter Tuesday that she will not give up documents sought by the committee in compliance with a subpoena for e-mails and other papers relating to the firings of eight US [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture (CAT) [official website] has issued a report [DOC text] criticizing Japan's justice system on a wide range of issues at the conclusion of its 38th Session [official website]. The committee expressed concern that Japan [JURIST news archive] needed to "reinforce the independence of [its] [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA), ranking member of the committee, have sent a letter [PDF text; press release] to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales asking him again to respond to questions about the Bush administration's warrantless wiretapping [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Centre on Housing Rights and Evictions (COHRE) [advocacy website] Wednesday urged [press release, DOC] the UN Security Council to refer Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] to the International Criminal Court [official website] for his role in Operation Murambatsvina [UN report, PDF; Wikipedia backgrounder], a coordinated effort to [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Businessman Schabir Shaik, a former business associate of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [ANC party profile], began his appeal hearing before the South African Constitutional Court [official website] Wednesday. Shaik's lawyers allege that Shaik's conviction for fraud and corruption [JURIST report] was the result of an inherently [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted Tuesday to keep plans to establish a temporary guest worker program in the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007 [S 1348 summary; JURIST report]. An amendment [S Amdt 1153 materials] proposed by Sen. Byron L. Dorgan (D-ND) [official website] that sought to eliminate the temporary [read more]

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