Legal news from Friday, December 23, 2005
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A body found in a canal in Brussels, Belgium, was identified on Friday as that of an indicted Rwandan ex-minister cooperating with the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Former Rwandan Commerce Minister Juvenal Uwilingiyimana was indicted by ICTR in June 2005 for conspiracy, incitement and murder [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge issued European arrest warrants on Friday for the 22 CIA operatives accused of participating in the kidnapping of an Egyptian cleric in 2003 [JURIST report]. Milan prosecutor Armando Spataro said the warrants allowed for the arrest of those accused in any of the 25 European Union [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Muslim-Americans attending an annual international religious conference [conference website; conference trailer, WMP] in Canada that began Friday and continues through January 4 may be subject to lengthy security checks upon their return to the United States after US District Court Judge William Skretny ruled Thursday that such searches were [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Juduciary Committee ranking Democrat Patrick Leahy suggested [press release] Friday that US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [JURIST archive] will face additional questions at his January confirmation hearing on unchecked presidential authority and the particular issue of warrantless eavesdropping after the US National Archives earlier Friday released [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] In response to a series of deadly bombings in recent months, the government of Bangladesh [official website] plans to introduce a new anti-terrorist law to counter Islamist militants. The attacks, aimed at judges, lawyers, police and journalists, have killed 30 people since August. A bombing at a court complex [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Khalil Dulaimi, chief Iraqi lawyer for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], claimed Friday in an interview with the Associated Press that his client had been "severely tortured" by Americans during his detention, bolstering Saddam's own claims [JURIST report] dramatically made in court Wednesday. He said that three medical teams [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A court in London ruled Friday that the former Vice-President of crippled Russian oil-giant Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive], Aleksander Temerko, currently living in Britain, cannot be extradited to Russia, saying that he would likely not receive a fair trial there. Temerko became Vice-President of Yukos in 2003 [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge has granted a temporary injunction against a new California law [text] banning the sale or rental of violent video games to minors sought by the Video Software Dealers Association [trade website] and the Entertainment Software Association [trade website]. In a ruling issued Wednesday, US District Court [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Derbez [profile] plans to travel to Washington on December 29 to meet with US Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick [official profile] to discuss a proposed 800-mile wall to be built along the US-Mexico border [JURIST report; NYT coverage]. The US House of Representatives passed [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Adel Yahya, a 23-year old student, appeared in a London court Friday after being charged under the Terrorism Act of 2000 [text] with conspiracy to cause explosions in connection with his alleged role in planning a failed series of attacks [JURIST report] on the London transit system on July [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Dutch court Friday sentenced a Dutch businessman to the maximum term of 15 years in prison for complicity in war crimes for selling chemicals used to produce mustard gas to Saddam Hussein's government. Frans van Anraat [BBC profile], who went on trial [JURIST report] in The Hague a [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that new US Department of Justice documents released Friday by the National Archives include a 1985 statement by US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [JURIST news archive] that the landmark Roe v. Wade abortion ruling should be overturned. Review the full text of the newly-released documents.10:29 [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Uganda [JURIST news archive] announced Thursday it would commence reparation negotiations with the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive] in late 2006, following Monday's International Court of Justice ruling [JURIST report; PDF text] that Uganda violated Congo's sovereignty during a 1998-2003 war [BBC backgrounder] and was responsible for [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle [official profile; advocacy website] denied in an editorial in the Washington Post Friday that the post-9/11 congressional Authorization to Use Military Force (AUMF) provided any basis for warrantless National Security Agency wiretapping within the United States [JURIST report]. He wrote:As Senate majority [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The office of the UN Independent Inquiry Committee (IIC) [official website] tasked with investigating the oil-for-food program [official website; JURIST news archive] will remain open an additional three months, until March 31, so prosecutors can assist "duly authorized law enforcement and regulatory agencies in cases they may be pursuing [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of Sunni and secular Shiite political groups said Thursday that they would boycott sessions of the new Iraqi national assembly elected on December 15 [IECI partial uncertified results] unless an independent review of the poll was conducted by an international body such as the United Nations, the [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US District Court judge Thursday dismissed a civil suit accusing Pope Benedict XVI [official profile] of conspiring to conceal clergy sex abuse [JURIST news archive], citing the pontiff's immunity as head of the Vatican state [official website]. Judge Lee Rosenthal, of the US District Court for the Southern [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and his seven co-defendants previously denied in court that they had been beaten by American guards, Iraqi investigative judge Raed Juhi said Thursday. Hussein alleged earlier this week in trial proceedings that he had been beaten "everywhere on my body" [JURIST report] and that [read more]

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