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Legal news from Wednesday, June 10, 2009
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] A naturalized American citizen believed to have ties to a Canadian terrorist cell was convicted [DOJ press release] Wednesday of conspiracy to commit terrorism in the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia [official website]. Syed Haris Ahmed was found guilty of conspiracy to provide material support [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The French Constitutional Council [official website, in French] ruled [decision, in French] Wednesday that certain provisions of the proposed Internet piracy law [text, in French] violate the French Constitution [text, in French]. The challenge [JURIST report] was brought by the opposition Socialist party [party website, in French] on the [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Aza Gazgireyeva, deputy head of the Supreme Court in Russia's Ingushetia province [official website, in Russian; BBC backgrounder] was shot dead Wednesday while taking her children to school in the town of Nazran, according to a regional interior ministry spokesman quoted by Russian media. Four others also sustained injuries [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of nine UK Law Lords [official website] decided [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that the use of secret evidence to impose controversial control orders to detain terrorism suspects violates the European Convention on Human Rights [text], ordering the cases of three suspects to be reheard. The Lords held that [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Palau President Johnson Toribiong has said that his country is willing to accept [AP report] 17 Uighur detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives], according to a statement provided to the Associated Press Wednesday. A senior US official said later Wednesday that the US is still considering [AFP [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) [official website] Human Rights Commissioner Thomas Hammarberg [official profile] on Tuesday sent a letter [text] to all member states urging them to welcome certain released Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. The letter, addressed to all 47 COE member states, called on the states to [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to allegations of involvement in the 1998 bombings of US embassies [PBS backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in Tanzania and Kenya. The plea was delivered during his initial appearance before the US District Court for the Southern [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday night released an order [opinion, PDF] allowing the sale of Chrysler Group assets to Italian automaker Fiat [corporate websites] to proceed. The two-page opinion vacates a temporary stay [JURIST report] issued on Monday by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg [official profile, PDF] [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion text] Tuesday that a Massachusetts regulation prohibiting prisoners from receiving sexually explicit mail is constitutional. The petitioners challenged the portions of 103 CMR § 481.15 [text, PDF], which regulate the receipt of sexually explicit pictures in [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US-led Multi-National Force (MNF) [official website] in Iraq said Tuesday that it is still holding 11,057 Iraqi prisoners [press release] in three separate camps throughout the country. The prisoners currently held in the three US camps, Camp Taji, Camp Cropper, and Camp Bucca, will either be released or [read more]

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