Legal news from Saturday, August 5, 2006
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli security forces late Saturday detained the speaker of the Palestinian parliament [official website, in Arabic] after surrounding his home in the West Bank town of Ramallah. Aziz Dweik [official profile in Arabic; JMCC profile] is a senior member of Hamas [CFR backgrounder], the movement now in control of [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Interior Ministry [official website] of Iran [JURIST news archive] has prohibited a human rights group led by 2003 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi [BBC profile] from operating in the country, saying the group has neglected to obtain an appropriate permit, according to Iranian media reports Saturday. The [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] on Saturday rejected a request by leftist presidential candidate Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish] for a full ballot-by-ballot recount of all votes cast in the July 2 presidential election [JURIST news archive], which Obrador lost by less than [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Inaccurate statements [JURIST report] presented to the 9/11 Commission [official website] by senior Pentagon officials regarding the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] were not provided intentionally, but rather were the result of poor record-keeping, according to a newly-disclosed report by the US Defense Department Office of the Inspector [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US-based monitoring group Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] Saturday called on Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] to immediately stop launching rockets into civilian areas [HRW statement] within Israel, saying their actions constitute "war crimes." The rights watchdog said Hezbollah's assertions that it is targeting military bases within Israel are offset [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A controversial new clemency law [JURIST report] in Italy [JURIST news archive] reducing some prison sentences by three years to cut down on jail overcrowding is facing criticism after some released prisoners returned to lives of crime this week. One man, who had been convicted of domestic abuse, allegedly [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Minsk Central Court in Belarus [JURIST news archive] Friday sentenced four independent election monitors for their affiliation with an "unregistered" organization which infringed on citizens' rights. The four were members of the Partnership monitoring group, which had received monetary assistance from the US-based National Democratic Institute for International [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two days before the 61st anniversary [BBC backgrounder] of the first US atomic bombing of Japan [JURIST news archive], the Hiroshima District Court in Japan ruled Friday that 41 survivors of the 1945 atomic bomb attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki were incorrectly denied benefits as sufferers of radiation sickness, [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Vermont Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion] Friday that Vermont civil union laws [Vermont Secretary of State backgrounder] govern a child custody battle between a now-separated lesbian couple who were legally joined in a civil union in Vermont, despite conflicting decisions by Virginia courts. Lisa and Janet Miller-Jenkins [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A US military prosecutor said in closing arguments at an Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder; UCMJ text] Friday that four US soldiers should face court-martial for violating the laws of war by setting several Iraqi detainees free after a May 9 raid on a suspected insurgent camp near Samarra [read more]

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