Legal news from Friday, December 16, 2005
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] New York-based human rights Human Rights Watch warned Friday that the McCain Amendment [JURIST document] prohibiting the cruel and inhumane treatment of US-held detainees that was finally endorsed [JURIST report] Thursday by a reluctant Bush administration could yet be undercut by another amendment included in the same defense spending [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian-born media tycoon Conrad Black [CBC profile], former chairman of publishing giant Hollinger International, pleaded not guilty in Chicago Friday to an additional four felony counts [US DOJ press release, PDF] that include racketeering and obstruction of justice. Black, a member of the UK House of Lords who gave [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sixteen key sections [CRS backgrounder, PDF] of the Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] came closer to year-end expiration Friday as the Republican leadership in the US Senate failed [Senate roll call] to get the votes of three-fifths of the chamber's membership necessary to invoke cloture [Senate backgrounder] on a [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website] has approved a slightly amended version of a new anti-terror law [text as amended, in French] providing for increased public video surveillance, more access by authorities to communications records and passenger information, and new police powers to stop vehicles. The legislation introduced by hardline [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The British government has announced that it will appeal a High Court ruling [JURIST report] earlier this week that found Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive; advocacy website] eligible for British citizenship. Hicks, whose mother is British and who lived in London for a time as a [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Turkish novelist Orhan Pamuk [TIME profile] for slander against the state was adjourned Friday until February 7, 2006 to give Turkey's Justice Ministry time to decide if the case is in line with judicial procedures after a prosecutorial request. Under Turkish law, individual rights can be [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Austria Thursday mailed notifications to the first survivors of the Holocaust [JURIST news archive] eligible for payments in its 2001 General Settlement Fund [text; backgrounder] which compensates victims robbed of businesses, property, bank accounts and insurance policies under the Nazis. So far, 100 of the 19, 300 survivors who [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Serge Brammertz [official profile], a Belgian prosecutor who is currently the deputy prosecutor for the International Criminal Court [official website] at The Hague, appears set to replace German prosecutor Detlev Mehlis [UN appointment announcement] as head of the UN inquiry into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian court hearing a bail application by Australian Muslims detained in a major November anti-terror sweep [JURIST report] was told by prosecutors Friday that two of the suspects had discussed assassinating Australian Prime Minister John Howard, killing police and attacking families at soccer matches. The 18 suspects arrested [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A 2002 Presidential order issued in the aftermath of 9/11 authorized the US National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] to secretly monitor the international telephone calls and international e-mail messages of possibly thousands of US residents without warrants over the past three years, according to officials quoted in an [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [official profile] said Thursday that he was dropping a contentious provision in proposed new UK anti-terrorism legislation [text] introduced in the wake of the July London bombings [JURIST news archive] that would have permited authorities to close British mosques suspected of connections with extremists. [read more]

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