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Legal news from Tuesday, November 11, 2008
12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian foreign minister Ahmed Aboul Gheit [official profile] said [SIS press release] in a Monday interview with Egyptian television that the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] should wait for Darfur peace efforts to play out before proceeding with a formal indictment of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; [read more]

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[JURIST] A Chilean judge on Monday formally charged the youngest son, former secretary, and estate executor of former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive; BBC profile] for maliciously making false or incomplete tax declarations. The charges relate to multi-million dollar accounts discovered in 2004 in the US-based Riggs National [read more]

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[JURIST] A Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] court on Tuesday sentenced fourteen members of the 88 Generation Students [BBC backgrounder] pro-democracy group to sixty-five years in prison, according to media reports [AFP report; IHT report]. The sentencing was revealed by defendants' relatives after allegedly taking place in a court [read more]

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[JURIST] Advisers to US President-elect Barack Obama [official website] emphasized Monday in the wake of press reports that Obama has not made a decision regarding the future of the military prison camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and its prisoners, despite an earlier Associated Press story [text; JURIST report] [read more]

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[JURIST] UK House of Lords judge Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury [appointment release] has said that when the new UK Supreme Court [backgrounder] is constituted in 2009 replacing the current Law Lords, members of the country's Parliament [official website] should be able to question the justices because of the court's influence [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to Algeria. The Department says that approximately 60 detainees at the base are eligible for release, and that it is negotiating with host countries to allow [read more]

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[JURIST] Taipei police arrested former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile] on Tuesday following questioning by prosecutors about possible corruption and money laundering. Prosecutors are specifically questioning [Taipei Times report] whether Chen, the former leader of the now-opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) [party website, in Mandarin] who resigned the presidency [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a government motion to dismiss a lawsuit brought by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) [advocacy website] and the National Security Archive [official website] seeking access to e-mail [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Chinese delegation to the UN Committee Against Torture (CAT) [official website] on Monday said that the Chinese government had provided training and enacted judicial reforms [UN press release and transcript summary] to help implement its prohibitions against torture, illegal detention, and enforced disappearances, but that the [read more]

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[JURIST] Members of the UK parliament's Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] are pushing for legislation to limit the ability of the media to report on matters affecting national security, according to an Independent report [text] Monday. Under the current system, news editors may seek guidance from Defence Advisory [read more]

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