Legal news from Monday, July 24, 2006
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official website] accused Israel Monday of using incendiary phosphorous bombs [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] against Lebanese civilians in violation of international standards, and urged the United Nations [official website] to call for an immediate ceasefire. Lahoud, considered to be pro-Syrian, said Israel's use of the bombs is [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, Word document] Monday against the Bush administration, alleging that the US government failed to fulfill its obligations to protect US citizens [ADC press release] in Lebanon when the conflict between Israel and Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] began earlier [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A report [PDF text] released Monday by UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] recommends longer sentences and increased use of plea bargaining in fraud cases. Estimates have placed the cost of fraud to the British economy at over £14 billion a year. The report, the result of a [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The first prisoner at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to be turned over to a foreign government for prosecution was released Monday by the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish], which found that the evidence against him was insufficient to support a conviction. Hamed Abderrahaman Ahmad, known as [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italy [JURIST news archive] refused a CIA request to participate in the alleged extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of an Egyptian cleric [JURIST news archive] suspected of terrorism, a lawyer for an Italian spy agency official told Reuters in an interview published Monday. Luigi Panella, the lawyer representing Marco [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Court of Appeal [official website] heard arguments Monday in a case where the families of three Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who were UK residents prior to their detention are seeking an order requiring the British government to lobby the US for the release of their [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Council of Ministers [official website] agreed Monday to continue funding for embryonic stem cell research [JURIST news archive], but that aid may not be used to procure stem cell embryos. The competitiveness council ministers [official backgrounder] approved an EU research budget [official press release] that includes funding [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [official website] must tighten its anti-terrorism laws to conform with those of other states and territories, Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] said Monday. If the ACT - the federal district that includes Canberra - does not revise the laws, the federal government [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile] has sued anti-government activist Sondhi Limthongkul [Wikipedia backgrounder] and 11 others for defamation and $26 million in damages, according to Thaksin's lawyer Monday. Thaksin sued Sondhi and the state-run Communications Authority of Thailand for allegedly saying on television that Thaksin and his [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indian authorities on Sunday arrested a fourth suspect in the July 11 Mumbai train bombings [BBC report] that killed over 180 people [Mumbai Police casualty list]. Authorities arrested Dr. Tanyir Ansari late Sunday after several days of questioning in connection to the bombings. The Press Trust of India [media [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Foreign Ministry [official website] said Monday that weekend statements by visiting United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland [official profile; JURIST news archive] that damage caused by Israeli airstrikes [JURIST news archive] in Beirut was excessive and in violation of international humanitarian law [JURIST report] conflicted with those [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan [JURIST news archive] is a "central hub in a global complex of secret detention centers" allegedly operated by the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] and foreign intelligence agencies, according to an Amnesty International [advocacy website] report [text; press release] written by Malcolm Smart, the director of Amnesty's [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US House of Representatives Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-IL) [official website] told Fox News Sunday [transcript] over the weekend that he might challenge a July 10 federal court order [PDF text] allowing the FBI to view documents seized in the congressional office raid [JURIST report] of Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Christopher Dodd (D-CT) [official website] promised Sunday that US United Nations Ambassador John Bolton [official profile] would face a difficult fight in his upcoming Senate confirmation hearing. Last summer, President Bush bypassed the Senate confirmation process and appointed Bolton during the Senate's summer recess [JURIST report], despite [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST news archive] resumed in Baghdad on Monday, though the former Iraqi leader was not in court due to his weekend hospitalization [JURIST report] after collapsing in jail [LA Times report] on the sixteenth day of his hunger strike protesting trial court procedures and a [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] An American Bar Association Task Force on Presidential Signing Statements and the Separation of Powers Doctrine [ABA materials] has determined [press release] that President Bush's practice of attaching signing statements [1993 DOJ backgrounder] to new laws "undermine[s] the rule of law and our constitutional system of separation of powers." [read more]

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