Legal news from Monday, October 10, 2005
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Sami-al-Leithy [Amnesty International profile], an Egyptian national transferred to Egyptian custody earlier this month [JURIST report], has told Egyptian television that he was tortured by guards at the US military camp. Leithy, 49, alleged in an interview Sunday that the torture he [read more]

20:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Peruvian Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] has announced that former president Alberto Fujimori [Wikipedia profile; personal website] is barred from running in Peru's 2006 presidential election [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Court President Javier Alva Orlandini said Sunday that the Peruvian Congress banned Fujimori from seeking public office until 2010. [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on an report earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, Shiite and Kurdish officials continued last-minute talks Monday with Sunni leaders trying to agree on revised consensus language for the proposed Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] to be voted on in an October 15th referendum [IECI fact sheet, [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A member of Iraq's De-Baathification Committee [official website in Arabic] announced Monday that arrest warrants have been issued for former Iraqi defense minister Hazem Shaalan and 13 other former defense minister officials. Shaalan was defense minister under former interim Prime Minister Iyad Allawi [JURIST news archive] and has been [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's states brief, the Ohio Supreme Court unanimously ruled [PDF text] today that grandparent visitation can be awarded over the wishes of the child's parents as Ohio law requires courts to balance the best interests of the child against the parent's wishes. The decision resolved conflicting rules among [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudanese government said Monday it had decided to allow troops from neighboring Uganda to cross its borders to chase down wanted leaders of the Lord's Resistance Army [BBC backgrounder]. The announcement comes one week after the International Criminal Court [JURIST news archive] issued arrest warrants [JURIST report] for [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert Monday said the Iraqi Special Tribunal (IST) that will soon be trying Saddam Hussein did not meet international standards and should be replaced by an independent UN body, and criticized US and UK anti-terror laws for undermining human rights. Leandro Despouy, Special Rapporteur of [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's government-financed National Council for Human Rights [official website] on Monday criticized the recent multi-candidate presidential elections [JURIST report] for lacking real democratic competition. The government-financed council said the recently amended election law "placed very difficult restrictions on presidential hopefuls, especially independent candidates" making it very difficult for candidates [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Electoral Commission [official website] announced Monday that Iraqi prisoners will be allowed to vote in the upcoming constitutional referendum [JURIST news archive]. Officials told reporters that ballot boxes will be sent to area prisons, and all Iraqi detainees that have not been convicted of a crime will [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] Monday proposed the banning of 15 global terror organizations, submitting a draft list to Parliament of groups to be prohibited under the Terrorism Act 2000 [text]. Clarke cited "recent events in London and elsewhere in the world" as the impetus for the [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website], Europe's top human rights organization, Monday called [press release] for the United States and Japan to set an example for other countries by abolishing capital punishment. COE Secretary General Terry Davis [official profile] used World Day Against the Death Penalty [overview] to press [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] In the latest reversal for African asylum seekers heading for Europe, the north African state of Morocco Monday began deporting potential immigrants, sending a plane carrying 140 West Africans off to Senegal. A second flight carrying another 140 Senegalese was to take off for Dakar later Monday and another [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia [OYEZ profile] commented Monday that the Supreme Court confirmation process was too politicized and that he would not want to experience it again. Scalia, when asked during an interview [transcript, with recorded video] on NBC's "Today" program if he thought he could again [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former head of Russia oil giant Yukos Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] was transferred Monday from the pre-trial detention facility where he was being held, reportedly to the prison where he will serve his 8-year sentence [JURIST report] for tax evasion and fraud. When members of the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Kuwaiti ambassador to Washington announced Sunday that five of the 11 Kuwaitis detained [JURIST report] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] would "soon" be released to the government of Kuwait and tried before a court in that country. Sheikh Salem Abdullah al-Jaber al-Sabah did not provide a specific [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A request [JURIST report] made by lawyers for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to delay the October 19 start [JURIST report] of his trial on charges stemming from a 1982 massacre at Dujail [NPR audio report] was rejected [AP report] Sunday by the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website] considering [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Shiite and Kurdish officials held last-minute negotiations with Sunni Arab leaders Sunday in an attempt to win Sunni support of Iraq's proposed constitution [JURIST news archive]. The document, which will be voted on in an October 15th referendum [IECI fact sheet, PDF], has divided both sides, especially over the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [official profile; JURIST news archive] is likely to face intense questioning from both parties on her views on privacy rights and her qualifications for the job, Sen. Arlen Specter [official profile], chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] said Sunday. Specter told [read more]

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