Legal news from Tuesday, July 4, 2006
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Qatari justice minister Najib al-Nuaimi has said that any attempt by the Iraqi government to extradite Saddam Hussein's first wife Sajida [Wikipedia profile] from her current presumed residence in Qatar would fail. Al-Nuaimi, currently a member of Saddam Hussein's defense team, told AFP in an interview published Tuesday [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the European Court of Human Rights [official website] in Strasbourg ruled [ECHR press release; ruling text] Tuesday that eight years solitary confinement in a French prison for the convicted assassin and terrorist known popularly as Carlos the Jackal [Wikipedia profile] - Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the European Court of Human Rights [official website] in Strasbourg ruled [ECHR press release; ruling text] Tuesday that eight years solitary confinement in a French prison for the convicted assassin and terrorist known popularly as Carlos the Jackal [Wikipedia profile] - Venezuelan-born Ilich Ramirez Sanchez [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's justice minister called Tuesday for international supervision of the US investigation of the rape and murder of one Iraqi civilian and the murder of three others in Mahmudiya in March. On Monday, US federal prosecutors charged former US Army soldier Steven Green [JURIST report; criminal complaint via FindLaw] [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Israel was sharply criticized by Swiss diplomats Monday for allegedly violating international humanitarian law in its latest actions against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip as tensions between Israel and Palestinian authorities continue to mount over the seizure of an Israeli soldier [JURIST report] by militants. Switzerland, the original host [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Antitrust regulators from EU member states voted unanimously Monday to approve in principle new fines against Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] for not following a 2004 European Union [official website] antitrust ruling [text, PDF; JURIST report]. In December 2005 the European Commission [official website] warned [JURIST report] the [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [profile] took senior British judges to task over terrorism in an editorial published Monday in London's Evening Standard newspaper, saying that they had repeatedly refused to meet with him to discuss the interpretation of human rights law in light of security needs, and [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Eleven African jurists [profiles] were sworn-in Monday as the first members of Africa's first continent-wide human rights court, the African Court on Human and People’s Rights (ACHPR) [PICT backgrounder], sponsored by the African Union [official website]. The swearing-in took place at the end of a two-day AU summit in [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo prisoners seeking to challenge their detentions in the US federal courts argued Monday before the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] that no further filings in their cases were necessary and that enough documentation had been provided for the appeals court to decide whether [read more]

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