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Legal news from Wednesday, May 7, 2008
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Incoming Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile], a lawyer who won Russia's presidency in March elections, stressed the importance of rights and freedoms at the outset of his inauguration address [text; recorded video, in Russian] in the Kremlin Wednesday as he took over from outgoing President Vladimir Putin. Medvedev, [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] European Parliament President Hans-Gert Poettering [official website] Wednesday faulted the ruling junta of Myanmar for saying it would go ahead with a scheduled May 10 referendum on a draft constitution [JURIST news archives] in the aftermath of a devastating weekend cyclone that may have left up to 100,000 people [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal in London Wednesday rejected a government bid to challenge an order [JURIST report] by the Proscribed Organisations Appeal Commission [official website] to remove an Iranian opposition group from its blacklist of terror organizations. The Court of Appeal ruled there was no evidence that the People's [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A technical problem delayed the start of the arraignment hearing for Yemeni Guantanamo detainee Ali Hamza Ahman Sulayman al-Bahlul Wednesday when a courtroom sound feed in the brand new Guantanamo legal compound cut off for reporters in the spectator gallery. The compound's military commissions building is part of the [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The ruling Zimbabwe African National Union – Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party websites] both filed legal challenges to the parliamentary results of Zimbabwe's March 29 general election [JURIST report] Wednesday. ZANU-PF filed lawsuits challenging the outcome of 53 out of the 210 [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lt. General Ricardo Sanchez [JURIST report], a former US commanding general in Iraq, said in a new book published Tuesday that there is "irrefutable evidence" that the US military tortured and killed detainees in Afghanistan at the end of 2002. In Wiser in Battle: A Soldier's Story [book website], [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush submitted three new nominations [press release] for the Federal Elections Commissions (FEC) [official website] to the Senate Tuesday in an effort to break a deadlock which has left the FEC without a quorum to conduct business during a presidential election year. The new nominees [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo detainees claim that the US government of has eavesdropped on conversations with their clients [CCR press release], according to court papers filed Tuesday by the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website]. The filing came as part of a 2007 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit [case [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan Chief Prosecutor Keriako Tobiko Tuesday asked the country's high court to freeze the assets of wealthy Hutu businessman and Rwandan war crimes suspect Felicien Kabuga [Trial Watch profile; ICTR materials]. Kabuga is accused of funding Rwandan militias that killed more than 800,000 ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus in [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Agents from the White House Office of Personnel Management and the FBI Tuesday searched the home and office of US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) [official website] head Scott J. Bloch [official profile] as part of an investigation into a 2005 complaint filed by current and former OSC employees. [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Georgia Tuesday evening carried out the first execution in the United States since the US Supreme Court rejected a challenge to Kentucky's lethal injection protocol [JURIST report] and ended a de facto national moratorium on the death penalty. Both the Georgia Supreme Court and the US Supreme Court earlier [read more]

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