Legal news from Monday, July 18, 2005
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Maurice Strong [Canada Foreign Affairs profile], a special adviser for North Korea to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan and a prominent Canadian business executive, will not continue his position as top UN envoy to North Korea, according to UN officials. In recent months, Strong has been implicated in the [read more]

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[JURIST] The National Rifle Association [advocacy website] Monday announced plans to relocate its 2007 national convention from Columbus, Ohio after the Columbus City Council approved an assualt weapons ban. The ban [text], extends the Federal Assault Weapons Ban, which expired on September 13, 2004 [JURIST report], and outlaws 19 types [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Lebanese parliament [official website] voted Monday to grant amnesty to former militia leader Samir Geagea [Lebanese Forces profile]. Geagea, Lebanese Forces militia leader during the 1975-90 civil war, was arrested in 1994 and sentenced to three consecutive life terms for his involvement in crimes during Lebanon's civil war, [read more]

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[JURIST] US officials at Guantanamo Bay Monday extradited Moroccan Lahcen Ikassrien to Spain to answer charges that he assisted al-Qaida cell leader Imad Eddin Barakat Yarkas in planning the September 11 attacks. Ikassrien was arrested and sent to the prisoner camp in late 2001. Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile] [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Monday's securities and corporations law news, the SEC has charged three men with conning investors in a microcap [SEC backgrounder] scam. The scam involved sending faxes that were designed to look like a confidential stock tip from a financial planner to a client. In a press release, the [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the California Supreme Court ruled [PDF text] today that a boss's sexual affairs with subordinates may result in the sexual harassment of other employees in violation of the state's Fair Employment and Housing Act [PDF text]. In the case, two former state prison employees alleged [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Virginia will take up the case of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, the latest in a series of twists and turns the litigation has taken. The proceeding comes after the US Supreme Court refused to hear Padilla's expedited challenge [read more]

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[JURIST] In an about-face from an earlier decision [JURIST report], the US Department of Justice is appealing to the US Supreme Court in an attempt to reinstate $280 billion in damages in its lawsuit against tobacco companies. Government lawyers previously defended their decision to drastically reduce the amount sought [JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] Giovanni di Stefano [Wikipedia profile], a lawyer for Saddam Hussein, said once again [JURIST report] Monday that the insurgency in Iraq has created an unsafe environment for the trial of the former dictator and that the venue should be changed to a more stable country. Di Stefano argued that [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Office [official website] Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] said on Monday that the three main political parties in the UK - Labour, the Conservatives, and the Liberal-Democrats - have reached an agreement in principal regarding new anti-terrorism legislation in the wake of the London bombings. Legislation targeting [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] on Monday called for Spain to formally confront its past and provide justice for victims of former fascist Spanish dictator General Francisco Franco [Wikipedia profile]. In February, prominent Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile] had urged the creation of a "truth commission" [JURIST report] to [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Violence against Women [official website] Yakin Erturk said Monday [UN press release] that the difficulties faced by Afghani women, from abusive child marriages to public executions ordered by local councils, are still dramatic problems that need to be addressed despite the passing of the strict [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] As part of a plea deal reached in April [JURIST report], Eric Rudolph [Wikipedia profile] was sentenced Monday to life in prison without parole for his role in the 1998 bombing of an abortion clinic in Birmingham, Alabama [Court TV backgrounder]. Rudolph has also pleaded guilty to three bombings [read more]

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[JURIST] AP is reporting that US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld has said that military trials of two suspected terrorists held at Guantanamo Bay will resume as soon as possible and charges will be filed against eight other detainees.2:25 PM ET - Rumsfeld's comments, made at a news conference with [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sunday's announcement [JURIST report] that the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] has charged former dictator Saddam Hussein in connection with the 1982 killing of some 150 Shiites in the village of Dujail [NPR report] and statements by chief investigating judge Raed Jouhi that a date for [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] on Monday upheld a 13-year jail sentence [ICTY press release] for Milan Babic [Wikipedia profile], the wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs who took part in a campaign of ethnic cleansing in the early 1990s. Babic, who for a [read more]

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[JURIST] After Chief Justice William Rehnquist's strong denial of retirement rumors [JURIST report] Thursday made it clear that only one new US Supreme Court justice will be selected this summer, President Bush is said to be close to announcing a successor for retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor [JURIST report]. White [read more]

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[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, New Zealand Foreign Affairs Minister Phil Goff [official profile] has announced that the New Zealand government [official website] is currently investigating the possibility of bringing charges against Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [Wikipedia profile] before the International Criminal Court [official website]. Goff said that New Zealand [read more]

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[JURIST] A British court has convicted Afghan warlord Faryadi Sarwar Zardad [Wikipedia profile] of torture and the taking of hostages in Afghanistan in what may be the first conviction of an individual by a UK court for crimes committed abroad, a doctrine generally known as universal jurisdiction [Wikipedia profile]. UK [read more]

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[JURIST] Egypt has extended the detention period for four leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood [backgrounder] arrested in May [JURIST report] after the group held nationwide protests for political reform. Hundreds of group members were arrested during protests in favor of multi-candidate presidential elections. The arrests have drawn criticism from human [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Germany's Federal Constitutional Court [official website in German; Wikipedia backgrounder] blocked the extradition of a suspected al-Qaeda financier to Spain on Monday, ruling that the European Union arrest warrant [EU backgrounder] against him violated his rights. Mamoun Darkazanli, charged with supporting and financing al-Qaeda activites, holds both Syrian and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] After US courts approved military trials [JURIST report] for terrorism suspects, Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock [official website] said his government now wished for a speedy trial for David Hicks [Wikipedia profile, advocacy website], an Australian who was captured in Afghanistan fighting for the Taliban and is now being held [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Polish Jews in Israel are strenuously objecting to a proposal now in the Polish parliament to return private property to Jews because it may also offer some validity to the Nazi Nuremberg laws [Wikipedia backgrounder] put in place leading up to and during World War II. The bill seeks [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission [official website] said Monday that the government of Afghanistan is considering creating a war crimes court to deal with allegations of human rights abuses dating back to the Soviet invasion in the 1970s. Earlier this month Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] issued a [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Serbian court Monday convicted eight former members of special police unit that took orders from then-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] of killing ex-Serb President Ivan Stambolic [Guardian obituary] in August 2000. The eight men were also convicted of the attempted asssassination of opposition leader Vuk Draskovic [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] In the wake of a lawsuit from groups including the ACLU [advocacy website] and Greenpeace [advocacy website], the US Department of Justice [official website] has admitted that the FBI [official website] has thousands of pages of records on file from scrutinizing US civil rights, environmental and other advocacy groups. [read more]

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