Legal news from Sunday, April 30, 2006
21:04 EDT

[JURIST] The jurors in the sentencing trial of Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] are set to resume deliberations Monday after spending a weekend at home. The Alexandria, Virginia, jury stopped work Friday in the wake of an admonishment from Judge Leonie Brinkema against doing "outside research", prompted by one of [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] A European Union-imposed deadline [JURIST report] for Serbia to turn over war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] passed Sunday with no arrest of the former general. EU Enlargement Commissioner Olli Rehn [official website] said last week that the EU would have "no other option [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST [academic website], the non-commercial legal news and research service powered by law students led by Professor Bernard Hibbitts at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law [academic website], is running neck and neck with US legal television network Court TV [corporate website] in the final days of voting [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved several amendments to the route of the Israeli security fence [IDF website] around Jerusalem and the West Bank and Israeli Prime Minister-designate Ehud Olmert [BBC profile] urged that the barrier be completed as soon as possible. Following the deadly suicide bombing in Tel [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] US journalist Edward Caraballo, one of three US citizens jailed in 2004 [JURIST report] on charges of running a private jail and torturing eight Afghan men, was released Sunday from Kabul's Pul-i-Charki prison by presidential decree. Caraballo, former US Green Beret Jonathan Idema [BBC profile], and ex-servicemen Brett Bennett [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian parliament on Sunday extended the country's emergency laws [EOHR backgrounder] for two more years in order to allow more time for the government to draft anti-terrorism legislation. The emergency laws, which would have expired in June, were implemented in 1981 in response to the assassination of former [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] In a ground-breaking political development in Nepalese history, the country's recently reinstated parliament on Sunday unanimously endorsed a proposal to hold elections for a constituent assembly that will draft a new constitution [current text]. "Honorable members, there was no 'nay' heard during the voice voting on the motion. I [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudanese government [official website] said Sunday that it is ready to formally accept [Reuters report] the peace deal [AU materials] mediated by the African Union [official website] for the war-torn region of Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Majzoub al-Khalifa, head of the government negotiating team, said that Sudan is [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Malawi [government website] Vice President Cassim Chilumpha has been arrested on treason charges for allegedly plotting to assassinate Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika [BBC profile], Justice and Constitutional Affairs Minister Henry Phoya said Saturday. Chilumpha was arrested late Friday evening and Phoya said he allegedly asked a prominent businessman [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI issued a total of 9,254 National Security Letters (NSLs) [PDF sample text; ACLU backgrounder] in 2005 related to 3,501 US citizens and legal residents, according to a new US Department of Justice [official website] report. The NSLs allow the executive branch to gather information about individuals suspected [read more]

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