Legal news from Monday, October 11, 2004
20:10 EDT

In Monday's environmental law news, the World Health Organization (WHO) has conducted a study that shows normal mercury levels in people, fish and water around a mine in North Sulawesi, Indonesia. The Newmont Mining Company, the world's largest gold producer, is currently engaged in a court battle that alleges the [read more]

19:10 EDT

Hawaii Senators Inouye and Akaka have secured a pledge by Senate majority and minority leaders that the so-called Akaka bill [PDF], which will begin the process for the recognization of Native Hawaiians as an indigenous people, will be considered during the next Senate term. The bill will need to be [read more]

17:10 EDT

In Monday's corporations and securities law news, the defense has begun its case in the fraud and conspiracy trial of the former Enron and Merrill Lynch executives indicted in the Nigerian barge deal. Read the indictment here. The Houston Chronicle has continuing coverage of the Enron barge trial. AP has [read more]

16:10 EDT

US authorities have shut down 20 independent media websites spanning 17 countries by seizing their British-based webservers. Rackspace [corporate website], an American-owned web hosting company in Uxbridge, Middlesex, was issued a court order Thursday under the Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty [text], which allows countries to assist each other in investigations [read more]

16:10 EDT

The UK Saville Inquiry [advocacy website] investigating the civil rights march in Londonderry Northern Ireland on January 30, 1972 ("Bloody Sunday") in which 13 civilians were shot dead by British soldiers may be further delayed as the soldiers may take the tribunal to court. The soldiers have argued against the [read more]

15:10 EDT

A New Hampshire judge has upheld a state attorney general's order which temporarily bars the Republican Governors Association [official website], the official public policy and political organization of the Republican governors in the United States, from engaging in political activities in New Hampshire. Superior Court Judge Carol Ann Conboy, who [read more]

15:10 EDT

The Civil Liberties Committee of the European Parliament [official websites] has narrowly voted to oppose Italian European Affairs Minister Rocco Buttiglione [BBC profile] as the next EU Justice Commissioner. Opponents cite Buttiglione's views on homosexuality and the role of women as causing unease in the committee. Their finding is not [read more]

14:10 EDT

Outgoing US Ambassador Ralph L. "Skip" Boyce [official profile] on Monday cited Indonesia's lack of progress in human rights as preventing the resumption of military relations with the US. Hoping for another ally in the war against terror, the Bush administration has attempted to normalize relations with Indonesia, but the [read more]

14:10 EDT

The Constitutional Court of the Slovak Republic [official website] will review whether the country's new anti-discrimination statute, and specifically its policy on positive discrimination, is permissible under the Slovak Constitution. The law prohibits discrimination based on sexual orientation, sex, religion, nationality, race, and the state of a person's health. Those [read more]

13:10 EDT

The US Senate has passed a $136 billion corporate tax reform bill which cuts taxes for certain businesses while also closing tax loopholes. HR 4520, the American Jobs Creation Act of 2004 [text], was two years in the making, and after passage in the House last week required a last-minute [read more]

13:10 EDT

Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, addressing parliament, vowed on Monday to submit his controversial Gaza withdrawal plan to a parliamentary vote on October 25. The plan involves the evacuation of 21 Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip, and has been fiercely opposed by pro-settler nationalists. Sharon added that following the [read more]

13:10 EDT

An exit poll conducted by Afghanistan's International Republican Institute [IRI report] has projected that interim president Hamid Karzai will win the country's first presidential election. Preliminary results show US-backed Karzai ahead of main rival Yunus Qanooni by an overwhelming 43 percentage points. AP has more. JURIST's Paper Chase has more [read more]

13:10 EDT

Canadian defence minister Bill Graham, speaking from Glasgow Scotland on Monday, said that he would not rule out a lawsuit [CBC report] against the British government over a recent fire on board the Canadian submarine HMCS Chicoutimi. The ship was one of four diesel-powered subs purchased from Britain's Royal Navy [read more]

11:10 EDT

The jury hearing the UK torture case against alleged Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad has asked the judge to explain who is behind the prosecution and whether Zardad had ever sought asylum in Britain or entered illegally. Zardad, who served as an Afghan commander from 1991 to 1996 before immigrating [read more]

11:10 EDT

North Korea Monday threatened war if UN sanctions are deployed to bring the recalcitrant country back to the negotiating table of the Six-Party Talks [opening remarks]. An official statement released by the Korean Central News Agency declared "sanctions mean a war and war does not know any mercy' and "if [read more]

11:10 EDT

By handing over Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Ljubisa Beara to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] this weekend [JURIST report], Serbia passed a deliberate cooperation test set by ICTY chief prosecutor Carla del Ponte. Belgrade radio station B-92 reported Monday that del Ponte set [read more]

10:10 EDT

AP is reporting that European Union foreign ministers have lifted sanctions against Libya and eased an arms embargo. UPDATE: The EU decision to end sanctions against Libya is meant to reward the country for giving up plans to develop weapons of mass destruction. The EU move follows a US decision [read more]

10:10 EDT

Nigerian unions have begun a four-day general strike over rising fuel prices, in defiance of a court order banning them from striking for reasons other than working conditions. The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) [official website] has indicated that the strike would end only if the recent 25 percent increase in [read more]

09:10 EDT

AP is reporting that a Moscow court has ruled that oil giant Yukos must pay $1.4 billion in fines and penalties on their $4.1 billion back tax bill for 2001.UPDATE: The Moscow Arbitration Court Monday dismissed a request by Yukos lawyers seeking the appointment of a new judge in the [read more]

09:10 EDT

The counting of ballots in Afghanistan's presidential election has been delayed while negotiations proceed on what form an investigation into alleged voting irregularities should take. Candidates running in opposition to interim President Hamid Karzai initially called for the results of Saturday's election to be nullified because ink used to prevent [read more]

07:10 EDT

Here's a run-down of law-related events, expected developments and live webcasts on JURIST's docket for Monday, October 11.Today is Columbus Day in the United States, a federal holiday. Federal and state courts are closed in observance.The US Senate will convene at 10 AM ET and will resume consideration of the [read more]

07:10 EDT

AP is reporting that according to his lawyer, the plane carrying Yaser Esam Hamdi has arrived in Saudi Arabia. A US citizen captured by American forces in Afghanistan, designated an "enemy combatant", held without charge by the Defense Department for over two years, and finally the subject of a lawsuit [read more]

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