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Legal news from Friday, August 31, 2007
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan prosecutors have called for Canada to extradite five suspects in the 1994 Rwanda genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to Friday media reports. The five, who all appear on Rwanda's most-wanted list and whom Rwandan officials described as "masterminds" of the genocide, are accused of planning and [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former terrorist suspect Karim Koubriti, a Moroccan national whose 2003 convictions for document fraud and conspiracy to aid terrorists were later overturned [JURIST report] by a US federal judge, filed a $9 million lawsuit in federal court Thursday against former federal prosecutor Richard Convertino, former federal security officer Harry [read more]

17:08 EDT

[JURIST] Some protesters being detained by authorities in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] have begun a hunger strike, demanding that police camp officials provide medical treatment a fellow detainee with a broken leg, prominent labor rights activist Suu Suu Nway [AHRC backgrounder] said Friday. Nway said the man, whose leg was [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] ruled Thursday that the language used in policies by Nationwide Insurance [corporate website] was not "ambiguous" [opinion, PDF] about whether damage caused by combinations of wind and water is covered under a policy that only [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Several dozen Muslims in Kenya [JURIST news archive] protested in front of the Nairobi police headquarters Thursday, saying that the country has been detaining and torturing Muslim citizens at the request of the US government. The protesters alleged that suspects detained in Kenya were flown on secret rendition flights [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Leandro Despouy [official website], UN special rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, expressed apprehension Thursday over the conviction and sentencing of UN Special Rapporteur Sigma Huda [official profile, DOC]. Huda was sentenced [JURIST report] to a three-year jail term by the Bangladesh Supreme Court Monday for her [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Up to one-fourth of US Department of Justice civil appellate lawyers are refusing to represent the government on the appeals of detainees from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to a story [text] in US News & World Report. A February court ruling [JURIST report] upholding the Military Commissions [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will likely invoke the state secrets privilege to halt a lawsuit against the Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication (SWIFT) [organization website], the Belgium-based international banking cooperative that disclosed personal information [JURIST report] about its customers to third parties, the New [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Thai government said Friday that it has lifted a five-month ban on the popular video-sharing website YouTube [corporate website], now owned by Google [corporate website], after YouTube's site operator agreed to prohibit offensive videos from appearing on the site. Thailand banned access [JURIST report] to YouTube and several [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] US forces in Iraq [JURIST news archive] will release 50 Iraqi detainees per day during the Muslim religious month of Ramadan, according to an announcement by Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi Friday. The US military confirmed Hashemi's announcement, saying the military has reached a deal with the vice president [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge sitting in Polk County [official website], Iowa Thursday struck down Iowa's same-sex marriage ban [PDF text] as an unconstitutional violation of due process and equal protection. Judge Robert Hanson ordered officials to process marriage license applications for same-sex couples despite an announcement by county attorney John Sarcone [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The number of executions worldwide increased slightly in 2006 while the number of countries that employ capital punishment decreased, according to a report [text; press release] released Thursday by the Rome-based anti-death penalty group Hands Off Cain [advocacy website]. According to statistics compiled from news reports and NGOs, there [read more]

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