Legal news from Sunday, October 16, 2005
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A British Royal Air Force [official website] medical officer has become the first member of the UK military to face criminal charges for disobeying a lawful command because he refused to fight in Iraq, claiming the war there is illegal. Flight-Lieutenant Malcolm Kendall-Smith, decorated from operations in Afghanistan and [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Muslim leaders and rights groups in Indonesia [JURIST news archive] fear that plans to strengthen Indonesian anti-terror laws [JURIST report] in the wake a of a second round of Bali bombings earlier this month will return the country to the days when former dictator Suharto [Wikipedia profile] used security [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief in Haiti [JURIST news archive] said Friday that the human rights situation in the Caribbean nation had become "catastrophic". Thierry Fagart, who heads a team of some 30 UN observers, cited numerous violations of basic human rights, such as arbitrary arrests, torture and summary [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Explicitly evoking images of Germany in the 1930s, senior British judges and lawyers are warning that the Blair government's efforts to put pressure on the judiciary in the interpretation of the Human Rights Act [text] while restricting traditional civil liberties in anti-terror legislation risks turning the country into a [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for the UN-Afghan Joint Election Management Body [official website] said Sunday that "approximately 50" Afghan election workers had been dismissed under suspicion of fraud committed in last month's parliamentary elections [JURIST report]. Some 680 ballot boxes alleged to have been stuffed - about 3% of the total [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Fears have arisen in The Netherlands over the safety of Dutch Integration Minister Rita Verdonk [official profile] after police Friday arrested seven people suspected of planning to assassinate two other Dutch politicians named on a Islamist "hit list" pinned to the body of assassinated Dutch filmmaker Theo Van Gogh [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Military prosecutors have re-charged US Army Second Lt. Erick Anderson in connection with the killing of a wounded Iraqi teenager in August 2004, according to Anderson's uncle. Anderson and the other soldiers involved in what witnesses described as a rescue attempt say the teen was inside a burning truck [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US and local Iraqi sources suggested Sunday that the draft Iraqi constitution [JURIST news archive] was heading towards approval after initial vote counts in Saturday's referendum [JURIST report]. No formal results have as yet been issued, but local election officials described returns that would likely allow the charter to [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] New York Times reporter Judith Miller [JURIST news archive] wrote in an extensive article published on the Times website Saturday that although the special prosecutor investigating the leak of the identity of CIA analyst Valerie Plame [JURIST news archive] pressed her during grand jury testimony on details about her [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Toledo Ohio police arrested at least 60 people Saturday after rioting broke out following the cancellation of a planned march by American Nazis through a Toledo neighborhood. The march by the National Socialist Movement, which calls itself "America's Nazi Party", had been organized to highlight what party members called [read more]

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