Legal news from Monday, December 5, 2005
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder; UCMJ text] will begin next Monday for a US Army captain to determine if he should face a court martial on charges that he poorly supervised military police officers guarding suspected terrorists at the US-run Bagram detention center in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Thirty-three additional people received jail sentences in Uzbekistan [JURIST news archive] Monday for their role in the May 2005 Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder] after being found guilty of murder, terrorist acts and mass riots. Uzbekistan's Supreme Court [official backgrounder] said two separate trials were held for the 33 individuals [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [official profile] offered apologies [statement, in French] Monday to 13 people who were wrongly convicted of pedophilia and spent 16-39 months in jail. Chirac called the convictions [JURIST report] a "judicial disaster without precedent" and said he would personally see that a thorough investigation is [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Liberia's president-elect [JURIST report] Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf [BBC profile], soon to becomethe first female president of an African state, vowed Monday that all rapists will be appropriately punished during her presidency according to a new law. The country's parliament passed legislation Thursday making individual rapes illegal for the first time [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas judge presiding over the trial of Rep. Tom DeLay [official website; JURIST news archive] has thrown out conspiracy charges [JURIST document] against the former GOP House Majority Leader but has refused to dismiss money laundering charges [JURIST document]. AP has more.ALSO ON JURIST Op-ed: Tom DeLay's Challenge to [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations envoy to Cambodia [JURIST news archive] has reported that human rights violations in the nation are widespread, and called for greater UN involvement to help persuade the government to comply with UN standards [UN human rights webpage] . Yash Ghai was appointed by UN Secretary-General Kofi [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] UN investigators began questioning five Syrian officials in Damascus Monday as part of their ongoing investigation of the assassination of former Lebanese premier Rafik al-Hariri [JURIST news archive]. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad agreed to the questioning in late November [JURIST report], with the hope that it would correct numerous [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] In an address to the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants [official website] Monday, Securities and Exchange Commission [official website] chairman Christopher Cox [official profile] called [speech text] for "more streamlined" national accounting rules that are crafted to promote competition rather "than hinder it". Many argue that the accounting [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposed anti-terrorism law [text; BBC backgrounder] is under more pressure for amendment [JURIST report] after the UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights Monday reported [text] that currently-proposed provisions - such as the proposal that someone could be found guilty of inciting terrorist behavior [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] France's highest administrative body ruled Monday that Sikhs are permitted to wear their turbans in drivers' licence photos, overturning a case involving a Sikh who refused to take off his turban for the photo. The ruling by the Council of State [official website; in French] could open the way [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US military on Monday issued a statement acknowledging the death of a detainee, later revealed to be former Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Hamza al-Zubaidi [GlobalSecurity.org profile]. The statement said Zubaidi, one of Saddam Hussein's top deputies after the first Gulf War, died in US custody last week. Al-Zubaidi [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton Monday criticized the expected dismissal of Carina Perelli [JURIST report], chief of the UN's Electoral Assistance Division [official website] in charge of organizing and promoting free elections, just 10 days before December 15 elections in Iraq. Bolton told reporters that a probe [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Vladimir Arutunyan [Wikipedia profile], the Georgian man who attempted to assassinate US President George W. Bush with a grenade when Bush was visiting the former Soviet state earlier this year, began Monday. Arutunyan is accused of throwing a grenade at Bush while the president was addressing [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Following a brief recess prompted by a defense team walkout [JURIST report] and an emotional outburst from Saddam Hussein, the trial of the former Iraqi dictator and seven co-defendants resumed Monday afternoon with the testimony of Ahmed Hassan Mohammed [BBC report], an eyewitness to the 1982 Dujail torture and [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Egyptian presidential candidate Ayman Nour [Wikipedia profile] was detained on Monday, indicating that he may be sentenced soon on forgery charges. Nour's lawyer said that the court presiding over the trial ordered that Nour be detained until December 10, and that Nour's sentence will be handed down that [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday granted certiorari in two cases, including one involving the insanity defense in criminal trials. In Clark v. Arizona, the Court will consider the constitutionality of an Arizona law that limits admission of evidence of a mental defect and prohibits the defense [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered that possible amendments [JURIST report] to a bill regulating non-governmental organizations (NGOs) in the country be drafted within the next five days. The NGO proposal, approved by the Duma in November [JURIST report], would greatly increase state control over NGOs by requiring them [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] France has signaled opposition to a proposal from British Prime Minister and current EU president Tony Blair [official profile] to allow cameras into the EU's main decision-making body, the Council of the European Union [official website], during legislative debates. Blair has said that making the decision-making process more transparent [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] In official remarks [transcript] prior to her departure for Europe Monday, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said that the US government's efforts to protect its citizens have been "misunderstood." Noting European officials' concerns about the CIA's use of extraordinary rendition [Wikipedia backgrounder], Rice asserted that the US government [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former ICTY deputy prosecutor Graham Blewitt said Monday that Australia has become a safe haven for war criminals avoiding prosecution [ABC Radio interview, recorded audio]. Despite confessing to immigration officials about committing acts of torture, murder and rape, more than 30 suspected war criminals have been granted temporary residency [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Western elections observers and opposition leaders have raised doubts as to the fairness of the reelection [BBC report] of Kazakhstan President Nursultan Nazarbayev [BBC profile], who won 91 percent of the vote Sunday. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe [official website; observations] blamed poor ballot counting, intimidation, [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Roman Catholic Church officials have announced their opposition to a proposal that would let sexual abuse victims file lawsuits decades after the alleged abuse occurred. Pennsylvania has a strict statute of limitations [JURIST report; text] which has prevented most clergy sexual abuse cases [JURIST news archive] from coming to [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The ruling military junta in Myanmar [CIA backgrounder] on Monday reopened its constitutional-drafting convention, which has been held intermittently since 1993, in the first step in a seven-stage road map aimed at unification, democracy and free elections. The session could last as long as two months, though it is [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) [official website], a Vietnam War veteran who survived capture and torture by the North Vietnamese, said Sunday that he will not concede on his demands for a ban on the use of torture [Meet the Press transcript] to extract information from suspected terrorists. The [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Judge Rizgar Mohammed Amin, presiding over the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], on Monday allowed former US Attorney General Ramsey Clark and ex-Qatari Justice Minister Najib al-Nueimi to address the court on the safety of the defense lawyers involved in the trial, reversing an earlier ruling [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The British government has introduced several amendments to the proposed Terrorism Bill [PDF text] and will allow possible future amendments to be considered, leader of the UK Lords, Baroness Amos announced Sunday. The changes to the bill include the requirement that 'intention' be proven as an element of [read more]

05:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Monday is the first day of registration for same-sex couples to apply for a civil partnership ceremony under the UK Civil Partnership Act 2004 [official text]. The civil partnerships allowed by the Act are legally distinct [BBC backgrounder] from marriages in the UK and are not required to [read more]

05:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] The trial of fourteen men alleged to belong to a terrorist group operating in Amsterdam begins Monday and is the first test of new Dutch anti-terror legislation [JURIST report] allowing for the prosecution of individuals for "membership [in] a criminal organisation with terrorist intent". The fourteen have been [read more]

04:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] A UK parliamentary group comprised of members from all three major British political parties meets for the first time Monday to call for a formal inquiry into whether the British government has violated international law by aiding alleged CIA rendition flights. A report from the NYU Law Center [read more]

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