Legal news from Monday, November 7, 2005

[JURIST] The Pentagon Monday charged five more Guantanamo Bay detainees - two Saudis, an Algerian, an Ethiopian and a Canadian - with war crimes, bringing to nine the number of detainees charged out of some 500 held at the Cuba naval station. The announcement from the US Defense Department came … [read more]

[JURIST] British Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] announced late Monday after consultations with government Labour Party MPs that the government will in fact not back down on a provision of the proposed Terrorism Bill [official text] that would allow terror suspects to be detained for up to 90 days … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday heard oral arguments in Dolan v. US Postal Service [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], where it will decide whether the US Third Circuit Court of Appeals construed a provision of the Federal Tort Claims Act(FTCA) [text] too … [read more]

[JURIST] Australian police arrested 15 terror suspects early Tuesday local time in what Victoria state police chief Christine Nixon characterized as "the largest operation of counterterrorism that's ever been conducted in this country." Some 400 officers were involved. The 15 suspects, including Abu Bakr, a prominent radical Islamic cleric from … [read more]

[JURIST] The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Monday that ICC rules prevent the court from asserting any jurisdiction over claims against Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. Judge Philippe Kirsch [official profile], a Canadian, noted that the new world criminal tribunal at The Hague is only … [read more]

[JURIST] As rioting continues to spread in France [JURIST report], Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile] on Monday announced [press release; TF1 interview excerpts, both in French] the implementation of curfews and the deployment of 9,500 police officers and gendarmes in an effort to stop the escalating violence. Under … [read more]

[JURIST] The US military announced Monday that five members of the 75th Ranger Regiment [official website] have been charged with physically assaulting prisoners in Iraq [press release] in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice [text]. The five elite soldiers, whose names were not released, were charged in connection … [read more]

[JURIST] CBS News is reporting that file-sharing software developer Grokster [corporate website] has agreed to shut down its operations in order to settle an online piracy lawsuit filed by Hollywood and the music industry. In June 2005, the US Supreme Court ruled unanimously in MGM v. Grokster [opinion] that owners … [read more]

[JURIST] In addition to considering the Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [PDF certiorari petition] case involving Guantanamo tribunals [JURIST report], the US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari in three other cases. In Bustillo v. Johnson, the Court will consider the appeal of Honduran national Mario Bustillo who was convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] on Monday defended US interrogation techniques [press conference transcript] in the war on terror and insisted that the US does not torture terror detainees. Answering questions about reports of a secret CIA facility in Eastern Europe [JURIST report] and efforts by … [read more]

[JURIST] Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh [official profile] was removed from his position Monday at his own request after allegations arose that he improperly benefited from the now-defunct UN oil-for-food program [JURIST news archive] in Iraq. According to the government, Singh will remain in the Indian cabinet while Premier Manmohan … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN-Afghan Joint Electoral Management Body (JEMB) [official website] said Monday that final results of Afghanistan's legislative polls will be announced on Wednesday [press release, PDF], and that fraud allegations will not call the results into question. The September 18 vote [JURIST report] was the first opportunity for Afghans … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [Wikipedia profile, personal website] was arrested in Chile on Monday at the request of the Peruvian government. Fujimori had arrived from Japan in a bid to reenter Peru and run for the presidency in April 2006, despite the fact that he has been banned … [read more]

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] urged British members of Parliament Monday "not to compromise with the nation's security" by reducing a proposed legislative 90-day time limit for detaining terror suspects without charge recommended [PDF letter] by London's Metropolitan Police. Blair's statement came minutes after Home Secretary Charles … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday agreed to hear a challenge to the Bush administration's use of military tribunals [JURIST news archive] for foreign terror suspects. Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [PDF certiorari petition] comes on appeal from the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, which held … [read more]

[JURIST] A Syrian official said Monday that the country has received a UN request to interview six officials in connection with the UN investigation [UN materials] into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], and is considering whether to comply. While Syrian officials declined to … [read more]

[JURIST] International voting observers and opposition leaders on Monday challenged the victory claimed by the ruling party in Sunday's Azerbaijan [BBC country profile] elections, saying that the elections were rigged. According to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) [official website], the elections did not meet international standards … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] linked France's ban on the hijab [JURIST report; JURIST news archive] in public schools to the country's recent rioting [JURIST report], in an interview Monday with the Turkish newspaper Milliyet [media website, in Turkish]. Erdogan blamed feelings of exclusion for stirring … [read more]

[JURIST] US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [official profile] is not likely to be filibustered by Senate Democrats, Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) [website], a senior Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] said Sunday. Biden said a decision on whether to oppose Alito's nomination would not be made until … [read more]

[JURIST] US Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-NE) [official website] said Sunday that the Bush administration is making a "terrible mistake" by opposing a proposed ban on torture and other inhuman treatment of prisoners [JURIST document] in US custody. The amendment, proposed by Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) [official website], was approved by … [read more]

[JURIST] Several leading US Senators expressed concern Sunday over the FBI's use of a USA Patriot Act [PDF text] provision that enables the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] to access private phone and financial records. The Sunday follow a report in the Washington Post that the FBI is issuing … [read more]

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