Legal news from Tuesday, December 13, 2005
19:12 EDT

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors said Tuesday that they are preparing charges against General Wojciech Jaruzelski [BBC profile], the last Communist leader of Poland, in connection with his December 13, 1981 declaration of martial law [Polish government backgrounder] in the country. Prosecutors associated with the National Institute of Remembrance [official website] argue [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pope Benedict XVI [official profile] on Tuesday said that countries have a duty to respect international humanitarian law [ICRC materials] "even in the midst of war." In the Pope's peace message [text], released in advance of the Catholic church's World Day of Peace, he also called for international humanitarian [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Swiss senator Dick Marty submitted a report to the Council of Europe (CoE) [official website] Tuesday, concluding that allegations [JURIST report] that the CIA operated secret prisons in Europe and abducted and illegally transported terror suspects across Europe are credible. The CoE report comes after US Secretary of State [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] said Tuesday that they will not sever proceedings in the Slobodan Milosevic trial [JURIST news archive; ICTY case backgrounder]. The court had been considering [JURIST report] whether it should deal separately with Milosevic's indictment [text] on charges [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge James Robertson [official profile] said Monday that he will consider allowing two Chinese Uighur Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to appear in federal court to challenge their ongoing confinement. The two men have been determined not to be enemy combatants, but have not yet been [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court has ordered the freezing of an Iranian government account at a Rome bank at the instance of US plaintiffs claiming compensation for terrorist acts supposedly supported by Iran. Steven Flatow, a New Jersey lawyer whose daughter Alisa [memorial page] was killed by a Palestinian suicide bomber [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Milan Martic [BBC profile], former leader of the erstwhile Serb republic in Croatia [Wikipedia backgrounder] who has been charged with exterminating hundreds of Croat, Muslim and other non-Serb civilians between 1991 and 1995, began [ICTY press release] Tuesday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal grand jury on Monday indicted former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy [defense website] Richard Scrushy and Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman [official profile] on fresh charges of corporate corruption, the latest in a series of allegations against the men. The new indictment accuses Scrushy of paying off Siegelman [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Larry Burns [US DOJ profile] ruled Monday that US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile; JURIST news archive] had authority to waive all laws and legal challenges to the building of the final 3.5 mile section of a border fence [JURIST report] running through [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile; BBC profile], prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] at The Hague, is expected to tell the UN Security Council Tuesday that the ICC's investigation [JURIST report] in Darfur has revealed large numbers of killings, mass rapes, and other "grave" crimes [JURIST report] [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court on Tuesday ruled that David Hicks [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], the Australian detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for over three years, should be registered as a British citizen. Hicks, whose mother was born in Britain, has petitioned for UK citizenship in the [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Deputy National Security Adviser Robert Blackwill [official profile], who served during President Bush's first term, said Monday that while torture should not be widespread in Iraq, there may be instances where it might be appropriate. Answering questions at the Council on Foreign Relations, Blackwill cited a hypothetical where [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Parliament of New South Wales [official website] have been recalled and will convene Thursday to consider new laws granting police extra powers to react to the ongoing Sydney race riots [ABC Australia report]. NSW Premier Morris Iemma [official profile] said Tuesday that lawmakers in the Australian [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Crips gang co-founder and convicted murderer Stanley Tookie Williams [advocacy website] died at 12:35 AM Tuesday morning after being executed by lethal injection at California's San Quentin State Prison. The execution occurred a day after California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger refused to grant Williams clemency [statement of decision, PDF; JURIST [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Tuesday's international brief, Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile] admitted for the first time Tuesday that the recent month-long process of national voting for parliament seats and the Presidential office was flawed and should serve as a lesson to all of Egypt on what needs to be improved [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] Retired chief justice for England and Wales Lord Woolf [BBC profile] has criticized large-scale litigation by companies that often spend in excess of 100 million pounds on lawyers' fees. Woolf, a longtime proponent of mediation and alternative dispute resolution while on the bench, told the Financial Times that [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST Europe] UK-based human rights group Liberty [advocacy website] has said that remarks by UK Foreign Secretary Jack Straw [official profile] that the US had not requested clearance for any flights relating to rendition [JURIST news archive] only served to demonstrate that the British government was turning a 'blind eye' [read more]

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