Legal news from Monday, July 3, 2006
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Federation of Arab Journalists (FAJ) [advocacy website, in Arabic] on Monday issued a statement declaring its opposition to a draft publications law in Egypt [JURIST news archive], which the group said politicians could use to stifle journalists with the threat of jail. The FAJ asserted that Egyptian President [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] British Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] asked the Court of Appeal [official website] on Monday to overturn a ruling that terrorism suspects cannot be detained without charge under so-called control orders [BBC backgrounder], arguing that a judgment last week by a High Court judge contained "misunderstandings and errors." [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's Federal Electoral Institute [official website, in Spanish] is set for Wednesday's start of the official legal count of ballots cast in Sunday's disputed presidential election [BBC Q/A] after preliminary results [El Universal coverage] led to the two main candidates each declaring themselves the winner. Conservative candidate Felipe Calderon [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [JURIST news archive] on Monday stayed a lower court's order that a 29-foot cross honoring Korean War veterans [background] be removed from city-owned property in San Diego. Justice Anthony M. Kennedy [official profile], who oversees appeals from the Ninth Circuit, granted without comment the temporary [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's Maoist communist party announced Monday it is suspending its "People's Courts" that have been running in urban areas of Nepal, including the capital Kathmandu. Maoist supreme commander Prachanda [eKantipur interview] announced the suspension in a statement amidst national and international criticism of the panels that have run parallel [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Shiite leader Abdel Aziz al-Hakim [SourceWatch profile], head of the Supreme Council for the Islamic Revolution in Iraq [party website], said Monday that he would like the amnesty provision of the proposed national reconciliation plan [text and press release; JURIST report] to also cover insurgents who may have [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese Cabinet official said Monday that a draft law imposing fines on media organizations [JURIST report] for covering sudden emergencies without approval from the local government would also apply to international news organizations. It is not clear, however, whether he was expressing his own views or those of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A US military lawyer for David Hicks [JURIST news archive] said the US government cannot legally prosecute the Australian-born Guantanamo detainee again because a trial would constitute double jeopardy under the Fifth Amendment [text] to the US Constitution. The lawyer, Maj. Michael Mori, told the Sydney Morning Herald on [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Chadian president Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive] will face trial in Senegal on charges that he committed torture, mass killings, and other abuses in the 1980s, leaders of the African Union [official website] decided at an assembly [draft agenda] in Gambia this past weekend. Senegal's president, [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors in Charlotte charged former US Army soldier Steven Green with murder and rape Monday in connection with the death of an Iraqi woman and three family members in Mahmudiya in March. US Army Maj. Gen. James Thurman, commander of the 4th Infantry Division, ordered a criminal investigation [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] may be forced to compromise with a special assembly that will rewrite the country's constitution after Morales' Movement Toward Socialism Party (MAS) [party website, in Spanish; Wikipedia backgrounder] apparently failed to gain a full two-thirds majority in an election held Sunday [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Rear Admiral Harry Harris [official profile], commander of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], said in remarks published Sunday that as many as 75 percent of Guantanamo inmates no longer provide the US with useful intelligence. Speaking to TIME magazine before the US Supreme Court [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Deputy Prime Minister Shimon Peres [official profile] said Sunday that some two dozen members of the Palestinian cabinet and legislature from the governing Hamas faction detained by Israeli forces [JURIST report] in West Bank raids last week will be prosecuted and put on trial for "participating, supporting terroristic [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Seventeen Cambodian judges and 10 others from Australia, Austria, Canada, France, Japan, Poland, Sri Lanka, the Netherlands, and the US who will serve on the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [official task force website; timeline] were sworn in Monday in a symbolic ceremony at Phnom Penh's Silver Pagoda in the [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Six Frenchmen who were released from the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] went on trial Monday in Paris, where they stand accused of attending combat training at an al Qaeda camp in Afghanistan. France freed five of the suspects after their repatriation to France from [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK parliament's Home Affairs Committee [official website] has warned that the 28-day limit for police to detain terror suspects without charge, mandated under the Terrorism Act 2006 [PDF text; Home Office backgrounder], may need to be extended. In a report [text] released Monday, the committee also said, however, [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] and several Republican US senators expressed optimism over the weekend that the administration and Congress will be able to strike an agreement on legislation to establish military commissions to try Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees in the wake of Thursday's last [read more]

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