Legal news from Sunday, July 23, 2006
11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Touring south Beirut Sunday, United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland [official profile; JURIST news archive] said the damage to civilian areas caused by Israeli airstrikes [JURIST news archive] was worse than he had anticipated and reemphasized that attacking civilians was illegal under intrenational norms. "It is horrific. I did [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US military commanders in Iraq regularly authorized torture and abusive interrogation practices even in the wake of the Abu Ghraib scandal [JURIST news archive], and military lawyers brought in to brief interrogators erroneously told them that the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials] did not apply to their detainees, according to [read more]

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[JURIST] Less than half of lawyers hired to work in the US Department of Justice Civil Rights Division [official website] since 2003 have a background in civil rights, according to resumes obtained by the Boston Globe through a Freedom of Information Act request. In late 2002, then-Attorney General John Ashcroft [read more]

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[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has been hospitalized and is being fed through a tube after a hunger strike now into its third week rendered his health "unstable," according to the chief prosecutor for the Iraqi court currently trying him for crimes against humanity. Jaafar al-Moussawi said Sunday that [read more]

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[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court Friday ordered the release of former Russian nuclear energy minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile; JURIST news archive] pending trial for allegedly diverting funds equivalent to hundreds of millions of dollars to his personal use and improperly setting up private projects. Adamov, who is said to [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Charges [MNF-Iraq press release] have been dropped against a Pennsylvania National Guardsman accused in the February 15 shooting death of an Iraqi civilian near a US military base at Ramadi [MNF-Iraq report], a city west of Baghdad. Prosecutors recommended that proceedings against Specialist Nathan Lynn be stopped after an [read more]

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