Legal news from Saturday, February 11, 2006
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Council of Europe [official website] report to be officially released on Wednesday contains a scathing 200-page criticism of France's record on human rights. The report, based on inspections of prisons and police precincts in September 2005, cites a disparity in law and practice in France, referencing police brutality, [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The criminal investigation into government leaks which led to the New York Times' disclosure [JURIST report] of the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance program [JURIST archive] is expanding, as federal agents have increased the number of interviews of law enforcement and national security officials. Those close to the investigation [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [official profile] announced Saturday that Thailand [government website] will hold a national referendum on whether to amend the nine-year-old Thai Constitution [text] April 19 in conjunction with the country's next Senate election. Thaksin, who has faced recent calls for his resignation, made the announcement [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Military leaders in Myanmar on Saturday announced that Win Aung, Myanmar's former head of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website], has been put before a special tribunal at the Insein jail [BBC backgrounder] to face charges of abusing his powers while he was in office. Aung held his [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] John Bolton [official profile], the US ambassador to the United Nations (UN) [official website], said Friday that the US remains concerned about Syrian government interference [text of remarks] with the UN probe [UN materials] into the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Speaker of the US House of Representatives Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [official website] on Friday announced his support for a deal [JURIST report] reached earlier this week by Senate Republicans and the White House on long-term renewal of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive]. Key Democrats and Republicans in [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French Council of the Muslim Faith (CFCM) [Wikipedia backgrounder], an umbrella organisation of French Muslim groups, said Friday it will sue several French newspapers that republished controversial caricatures of Muhammad [JURIST news archive] which were originally printed in a Danish newspaper in September. Although the Council has taken [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official website; BBC profile] said Saturday that Iran [JURIST news archive] may reconsider its participation in the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) [text] but would not immediately withdraw from the pact. Speaking on the anniversary of the 1979 Islamic revolution, Ahmadinejad said Iran would reevaluate its [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Connecticut governor John G. Rowland [archived official website; JURIST news archive] was released from federal prison Friday after serving ten months of a one year sentence [JURIST report] he received after pleading guilty to corruption charges [JURIST report] in December 2004. In his plea agreement, Rowland admitted to [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] American Bar Association [profession website] president Michael S. Greco said Friday that American civil liberties were under stress in a time of conflict, but that policymakers should resist the temptation to "take shortcuts with the Constitution." He made his comments as the ABA released [press release] a poll [results, [read more]

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