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Legal news from Wednesday, August 1, 2007
19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two men who allege that the CIA detained and tortured them in foreign prisons Wednesday joined [ACLU press release] a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] against San Jose-based Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen Dataplan [corporate websites]. Iraqi citizen Bisher al-Rawi alleges that in 2002 he [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] A military jury Wednesday found a US Marine corporal guilty [press release] of conspiracy to murder, larceny and housebreaking for his role in the April 2006 kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Cpl. Marshall Magincalda was also found not guilty of [read more]

18:08 EDT

[JURIST] A French court of appeals Wednesday released two men accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwanda genocide [BBC backgrounder], finding that the warrants issued for their arrest by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] could not be executed. Catholic priest Wenceslas Munyeshyaka and former civil servant [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee [official website] approved a bill Wednesday to allow the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] to regulate tobacco. The Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act [S 625 materials], introduced by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-MA) and approved 13-8 by [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Military doctors participating in the force-feeding of hunger-striking detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] are violating medical ethics, according to commentary [text] published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) [journal website]. The three authors - Sondra S. Crosby, MD, Caroline M. Apovian, MD, Michael [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Getty Museum [official website] Director Dr. Michael Brand and the Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Francesco Rutelli [official profile, in Italian] Wednesday announced an agreement to return 40 allegedly looted Italian artifacts [press release; list of objects, PDF] to Italy over the next several months. They also [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official websites] said Wednesday that Democrats are willing to expand government surveillance over foreign communications under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive], but disagree with the White House over spending and "the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge prison chief Kaing Khek Iev [TrialWatch profile], also known as Duch, is willing to testify against other members of the Khmer Rouge, according to information released Wednesday by the tribunal that indicted [JURIST report] Duch earlier in the week. Included in Duch's detention order [PDF text] [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Federal Police Commissioner Mick Keelty [official profile] Wednesday indicated that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) investigation of Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive] was "far from complete," adding that the AFP may still submit a new brief of evidence against Haneef to prosecutors. Keelty's comments followed the Tuesday [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Accordance Front [BBC backgrounder], the largest Sunni parliamentary bloc, announced Wednesday that it was leaving the government and that the party's six Cabinet members would be turning in their resignations. The move is said to be a response to the failure of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] indicated Tuesday that they are not expecting to present a defense case, telling presiding US District Judge Marcia Cooke [official profile] that the defense will not call any witnesses. Jurors have been hearing the testimony from six witnesses called by lawyers representing [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official website, in Japanese] said Tuesday that the recently passed US House of Representatives resolution [HR 121 materials; JURIST report] calling for a formal apology from Japan for forcing Asian women to become "comfort women" [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] during World War II [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two federal district judges separately rejected a bid by California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger [official profile] to appeal rulings ordering the federal supervision [JURIST report] of California's overcrowded prison system [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, ruling that while California may appeal specific orders made by a special three-judge panel, the state [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Nine defendants, including three former Vietnamese government officials, accused of involvement in organized gambling and bribery went on trial Wednesday before the Hanoi People's Court. Bui Tien Dung, a former project management head in the Ministry of Transportation [official website], allegedly placed bets totaling $760,000 on European soccer matches [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian court dismissed charges against three members of the country's religious police force and a police officer implicated in the death of detainee Ahmed al-Bulaiwi, a relative of the deceased said Tuesday. The religious police, also known as the mutaween [official website, in Arabic; Wikipedia backgrounder], are [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Nuradin Abdi, a Somali national accused of planning terror attacks on shopping malls in the US, pleaded guilty [press release] to conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists Tuesday. Under the plea agreement [PDF text; statement of facts, PDF] Abdi will serve 10 years in prison and pay a [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini [official profile] is moving forward with plans to create a single European Union prosecutor and strengthen the the EU's prosecutorial body Eurojust [official website], according to an interview with EUobserver published Wednesday. Frattini indicated that once EU leaders agree to [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] Tuesday urged the Mexican government to initiate a probe into alleged abuses [press release; report] by government authorities during the 2006 uprising in the Mexican state of Oaxaca [BBC backgrounder], saying that "ensuring that impunity for human rights violation is not allowed to prevail" will [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website] said publicly Tuesday that he has accepted the judgment of the judiciary to reinstate Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive], adding that the "four pillars" of democratic society consisting of the judiciary, legislature, executive, and media must be able to [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court rejected a petition from jailed opposition leader Ayman Nour [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for early release on medical grounds Tuesday, saying that evidence submitted by Nour failed to prove that his medical condition was life threatening or that his heart condition will be adversely affected [read more]

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