Legal news from Saturday, May 7, 2005
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] A leader of the outlawed Muslim Brotherhood [backgrounder] announced Saturday through his lawyer that he would run as a candidate against Egyptian President Hosny Mubarak [official profile] in upcoming elections, although his party has not formally endorsed his candidacy. Essam el-Erian [Al Ahram profile/interview] was arrested this week along [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim al-Jaafari [BBC profile] told reporters Saturday in Baghdad that the vacant posts in his Cabinet sworn in last week [JURIST report] - five ministers and one deputy prime minister - have now been filled, and that the nominess had been approved by President Jalal Talabani [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Representative Henry Hyde, GOP chairman of the US House International Relations Committee now undertaking a Congressional review of the UN Oil-for-Food scandal, refused late Friday to hand back to the UN-appointed Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) [official website] probing the UN program sensitive IIC documents subpoenaed by Congress and handed [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US DC Circuit Court of Appeals Friday upheld a lower court dismissal [JURIST report; PDF memorandum opinion] of a case brought by fired FBI translator Sibel Edmonds [advocacy website] alleging security lapses in the FBI's translator program. The lower court had said that Edmonds' case could reveal government [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups Friday dismissed a new US report to the Geneva-based UN Committee Against Torture that claimed the United States was appropriately prosecuting US personnel accused of mistreating prisoners in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo and denied that the abuse was systemic or sanctioned by high-ranking US officials. Spokesman [read more]

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