Legal news from Monday, October 24, 2005
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Monday announced [US DOJ statement] the first US extradition of an indicted criminal from Afghanistan. Baz Mohammad, designated a "foreign drug kingpin" under the Foreign Narcotics Kingpin Act of 2005 [official overview] on June 1 2005, was described by US DOJ officials as a [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council announced [presidential statement text] Monday that it would implement UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan's recommendations and organize international discussions on whether Kosovo [UN Interim Administration website] should be independent or remain a province of Serbia. Annan said [text] last week that he was likely to appoint [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] A senior Iraqi official told Reuters Monday that the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST archive] is unlikely to make significant headway before the December 15 parliamentary elections. "The hearing on November 28 - if it happens at all - won't last more than two or three hours before it's [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] European Commission [official website] officials are preparing to warn Bulgaria and Romania [EU profiles] that the 2007 scheduled entry of both countries into the European Union [JURIST news archive] may be delayed until 2008 if both nations do not promptly act to address corruption and human rights violations, according [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Iraq's Ministry of Human Rights said Monday that 565 prisoners would be released from Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] before the Muslim religious holiday of Al-Fitr [Wikipedia backgrounder] at the end of the holy month of Ramadan. This release follows an earlier release of more [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian lawyers and judges have protested in Damascus against the UN report [text] on the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST archive] suggesting that his murder was sanctioned by the Syrian government. Members of the Syrian Bar Association marched Sunday after endorsing a letter to UN [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan and Britain announced Monday that the two countries have agreed to allow Adalah ("justice" in Arabic) [advocacy website], an independent human rights organization, to monitor the treatment of suspects detained pursuant to a recent UK/Jordan extradition agreement [JURIST report]. The decision comes after increased criticism following allegations that [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Speaking before the UK Joint Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights [official website] Monday, UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] said that new anti-terror legislation [JURIST document] recently proposed by the government would have a direct impact on militant animal rights groups that encourage deadly radical behavior. A senior [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush, citing confidentiality, said on Monday he would not release any records of his conversations with Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive] regarding advice Miers gave him while acting as his lawyer. Bush said to reporters that it was "a red line" he [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan army officer Col. Theoneste Bagosora [profile], accused of being the "mastermind" behind the country's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder], took the witness stand Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] and denied a role in the killing of as many as 800,000 people. Bagosora [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian NGO said Monday that a group of Russian human rights activists have urged Russian ombudsman Vladimir Lukin [profile] to work to secure the transfer of jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [MosNews profile; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev from penal colonies in Siberia [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A major Nepalese radio station appealed to the country's Supreme Court Sunday after its office was raided and equipment seized [AP report] by Nepalese police on Friday. Kantipur FM filed a writ to the court to condemn the raid and to stop the government from implementing a press ordinance [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Capital Territory Chief Minister Jon Stanhope [official website] says he has a "growing concern" that the federal government's proposed anti-terrorism legislation [PDF text] does not meet international standards for political and civil rights. After posting a confidential copy of the draft bill [JURIST report] on his website last [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI has conducted secret surveillance of US citizens and legal residents for up to 18 months without notifying the Justice Department, according to documents [PDF] released Monday by the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) [official website]. EPIC made a request [PDF text] under Freedom of Information Act [text] [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee was arrested in Russia's Caucasus yesterday after evidence surfaced that he was involved in a rebel attack there last week. Rasul Kudayev was one of seven Russian nationals arrested by US troops in Afghanistan, and was released from Guantanamo in March [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sanjar Umarov [official profile], head of Uzbekistan's Sunshine Uzbekistan [party website] opposition coalition, was arrested and charged with corruption Sunday. The state prosecutor's office has said that Umarov is charged with stealing money through his business dealings, though Sunshine Uzbekistan officials say Umarov had no remaining business interests in [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee will likely call Focus on the Family [advocacy website] founder James Dobson [profile], to testify at confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive], Committee chairman Arlen Specter [official profile] said [Face the Nation transcript] Sunday. In an October 5 radio [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Waddah al-Sheikh, who served as a senior officer in the investigations and evidence unit at Hakmiya, Iraq's main intelligence agency under the rule of Saddam Hussein, became the first witness to testify [JURIST report] in Hussein's trial [JURIST news archive] Sunday. Court officials feared that al-Sheikh, who is dying [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ali Mohaqiq Nasab, editor of the Afghanistan magazine Haqooq-i-Zan (translated as Women's Rights), was sentenced Sunday to two years in jail after being convicted of blasphemy for his publication of anti-Islamic articles. On Saturday, Kabul's Primary Court convicted Mohaqiq of blasphemy on advisement from the Ulema Council [Wikipedia backgrounder], [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The number of women incarcerated in state and federal prisons in 2004 was up by four percent compared with the year before, with women making up seven percent of all inmates, according to a report [PDF text] issued Sunday by the US DOJ Bureau of Justice Statistics. The increase [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations has repeated its statements that abuses by coalition forces in Afghanistan are "totally unacceptable" and an "affront to the work of the international community in Afghanistan" after Australian TV broadcast video last week showing US soldiers allegedly burning the bodies of two Afghan Taliban prisoners and [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) [official website] said Sunday that US Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers [JURIST news archive], a longtime friend and legal counsel to President Bush, lacks the requisite votes to be approved by the Senate. Schumer's comments come just two weeks before confirmation hearings are scheduled to [read more]

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