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Legal news from Wednesday, August 22, 2007
22:08 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian officials on Wednesday arrested two lawmakers from the Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] in order to question them in a case involving "other Brotherhood members," according to a police official speaking anonymously. The Brotherhood, banned from officially participating in Egyptian politics, denounced the "arbitrary" arrests [statement]:The MB [read more]

21:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit ruled Wednesday that former Qwest CEO Ralph Nacchio [JURIST news archive] can remain free on bail pending his appeal of his insider trading conviction [JURIST report]. Nacchio was convicted in April on 19 counts of insider training for illegally selling [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Justice Department (DOJ) [official website] argued in court papers filed Tuesday that the White House Office of Administration [official website] is not subject to Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] requests. Although most of the White House is exempt from FOIA, some internal offices are subject to [read more]

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[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Defence [official website] has refused to release key evidence about the abuse of Iraqi detainees held by British security forces, lawyers representing the detainees' families said Tuesday. The lawyers have requested that the UK High Court to issue a new order to compel the ministry [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodia's decision to transfer an investigating judge away from the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] could lead to undue delays in bringing top members of the Khmer Rouge [Wikipedia backgrounder] to trial, UN officials said Wednesday as they urged the Cambodian [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Gov. Rick Perry [official website] Wednesday rejected a call by the European Union to halt all executions in the state [EU statement; JURIST report]. In a statement [text], a spokesman for the governor said:230 years ago, our forefathers fought a war to throw off the yoke of a [read more]

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[JURIST] The Bush administration violated US law by not producing a study on the effects of global warming, a federal judge ruled [PDF text] Tuesday. Rejecting government arguments that it had discretion as to when to produce the reports, US District Court Judge Saundra Armstrong held that the Global Change [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The interim government of Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] imposed a curfew Wednesday after three days of student protests against the military-backed interim government resulted in hundreds of injuries and one death. The riots first began at the University of Dhaka [university website], when students demanded that a military post [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for recently released Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that national security charges are still pending against Esfandiari and that a trial is expected. Esfandiari was released from Iranian custody on bail [JURIST report] Tuesday, but human rights lawyer and 2003 Nobel [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] judge presiding over the crimes against humanity trial [JURIST report] of 15 former Iraqi officials ejected two defendants from the courtroom Wednesday for failing to follow the rules of court. During the first day of witness testimony, chief judge Mohammed Oreibi al-Khalifa threw [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan [JURIST news archive] has issued a decree abolishing legal immunities that protect police from criminal prosecution, the Sudanese government said Tuesday. The decree, issued by the police director general, allows police officers to be tried for crimes but also guarantees quick legal proceedings. UN rights experts have long [read more]

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