Legal news from Wednesday, January 5, 2005
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] FBI documents released Wednesday by the ACLU following a Freedom of Information Act request show repeated FBI concern over and disapproval of military interrogation techniques at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, but also indicate that FBI investigation of the practices was scaled back after July 2004 for reasons as yet unclear. [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN officials have begun working with Indonesian government authorities to set up a child registration system that will help prevent and forestall illegal child trafficking in the wake of last week's South Asia tsunami that is now estimated to have killed 150,000, leaving tens of thousands of children homeless [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A draft of Attorney General nominee Alberto Gonzales' prepared statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee intended for delivery at his confirmation hearing Thursday and obtained late Wednesday notably makes no mention of torture, prisoners, detainees, Guantanamo, Iraq or the Geneva Conventions, taking a speak-no-evil approach to a wide range [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US military spokesman said Wednesday that US Southern Command has opened an investigation into allegations of Iraqi prisoner abuse made by FBI personnel at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and made public last month (see this report in JURIST's Paper Chase) after a Freedom of Information Act request by the [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] TV Azteca, Mexico's second largest broadcaster, said Wednesday that civil fraud charges announced against it and its top executives yesterday by the US Securities and Exchange Commission were false and alleged that the SEC was pursuing it to distract attention from its own failing in policing corporate fraud in [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The driver of two French journalists who were captured in Iraq by Islamic militants and held for five months until their release in late December is suing the US military for mistreatment and torture, according to the office of maverick French advocate Jacques Verges. Muhamed al-Jundi, a Syrian, was [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] British Prime Minister Tony Blair Wednesday defended a controversial law allowing the detention of foreign terror suspects without charge or trial even in the face of a House of Lords ruling that the law is contrary to European human rights laws. The Lords ruled against the detention provisions 8-1 [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] White House counsel Alberto Gonzales personally sought a legal ruling on the extent of the president's authority to permit extreme interrogation practices in the name of national security in 2002, current and former administration officials said Tuesday, a revelation that could have serious repercussions in Gonzales confirmation hearings for [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Sexual and physical abuse of Iraqi prisoners continued at least three months after news of Abu Ghraib was revealed according to accounts by alleged victims in the most recent issue of Vanity Fair magazine. The report, based on 60 hours of interviews with former detainees, quotes accounts of mistreatment [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting from Kyiv that losing presidential candidate Viktor Yanukovych, who resigned as Ukrainian Prime Minister last week, has appealed the results from last month's election re-vote to Ukraine's Supreme Court. The high court has already rejected several compliants from the Yanukovych campaign originally filed with the Central [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A new State Department annual report issued Wednesday under the Global Anti-Semitism Review Act signed by President Bush in October 2004 says that global anti-Semitism is on the rise, particularly because of the number of poor, uneducated Muslims in Western Europe. The report notes that acts of anti-Semitism have [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Several House Democrats hope to delay President Bush's formal re-election by preventing Congress from counting Ohio's contested and pivotal electoral votes when it counts the final tally of electoral college votes from across the country Thursday. On November 2 Bush appeared to win the national electoral vote over Democrat [read more]

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