Legal news from Sunday, February 19, 2006
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Navy General Counsel Alberto J. Mora [official profile] warned the Pentagon as early as 2002 that legal arguments advanced by Bush administration officials seeking to avoid international prohibitions against torture were wrong and could lead to the abuse of detainees. In a memo dated July 7, 2004 [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] National Air Traffic Services [official website], the UK's air traffic control provider, have reported that three CIA flights possibly involved in rendition landed at British airports and received assistance from UK air traffic control since 2001. The admission by the civil aviation body in response to parliamentary questions is [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] English Attorney-General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] has told top British military officers that British soldiers will not appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on war crimes charges. The statement, the government's first assertion that British troops will not be forced to stand trial in front of [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] could be put to death by hanging within months if he's convicted in his first trial, according to the chief prosecutor for the Iraqi High Criminal Court, formerly the Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website]. In an interview reported in the London Sunday Times, Ja'afar [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website; BBC profile], facing possible indictment [JURIST report] for allegedly bribing his former lawyer to give false testimony in two criminal cases, told supporters at a campaign rally in Verona Saturday that the case against him is "...without proof, completely baseless, which however [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Influential radical Shiite Muslim cleric Muqtada al-Sadr [Aljazeera profile] has parted ways with his partners in the biggest Iraqi parliamentary bloc by rejecting the federal system described in the new Iraqi constitution [PDF text, JURIST news archive]. Al-Sadr told Aljazeera on Saturday, "If there is a democratic government in [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Saturday protest by Nigerian Muslims in the northeastern city of Maiduguru over the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] led to sectarian violence in which at least 15 people were killed, 15 Christian churches were burned, and dozens arrested before rioters were stopped by [read more]

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