Legal news from Monday, August 28, 2006
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian court has sentenced the managing editor of the monthly Aftab, Isa Saharkhiz [Iran Press profile], to four years in jail and barred him from working in the press for five years after he was convicted of publishing articles against the constitution and offending the state media, according [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday formally charged [ICC press release; indictment, PDF] Thomas Lubanga [Trial Watch backgrounder], founder of the militant Union of Patriotic Congolese [Global Security backgrounder], accusing him of enlisting child soldiers [BBC report] in the violence-plagued Ituri [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] said Monday that he will establish two inquiry committees [speech transcript] to investigate Israel's conduct during the latest crisis in the Middle East [JURIST news archive], one to examine "the functioning of the Government, its proceedings and decision making, and anything else [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Patricia Seitz of the Southern District of Florida [official website] on Monday threw out Florida's Third-Party Registration Law [text], which had imposed steeply scaled fines on organizations and volunteers who failed to submit voter applications within specified time periods. Seitz ruled [opinion text, PDF] that the [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico's Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] on Monday rejected most challenges to last month's disputed presidential election [JURIST report], dismissing the bulk of fraud allegations brought by leftist challenger Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish]. Lopez Obrador filed over 200 separate complaints challenging the preliminary [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian court on Monday ordered terror suspect Joseph Terrence "Jihad Jack" Thomas [advocacy website] to stay within the city of Melbourne and imposed an evening curfew in the first use of controversial "control orders" authorized under anti-terror legislation [ANS backgrounder] enacted late last year. Police requested the measures [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] An increase in Sudanese troops in the war-torn Darfur region [JURIST news archive] of Sudan could lead to a new human rights crisis there, Amnesty International [advocacy website] warned [press release] Monday as the UN Security Council prepared to consider a proposal to deploy 20,000 UN troops to the [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit [official website] has refused [opinion text, PDF] to grant an injunction to halt a new Oklahoma law [text, PDF] that requires parental notification at least 48 hours in advance of an abortion for a minor while Nova Health Systems [corporate [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two relatives of Hamid Hayat [JURIST news archive], who was convicted earlier this year of attending a terrorist training camp, have been prevented from re-entering the United States after a trip to Pakistan unless they submit to questioning by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website], according to [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Plaintiffs in the 10-year-old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website] on Monday petitioned [PDF text; press release] the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to reconsider a decision to pull an outspoken judge [JURIST report] from the case. In July, the appeals court ruled [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan's National Assembly [official website] on Sunday approved anti-terror legislation that opponents predict will unnecessarily curtail individual liberties. The bill, which will become law when signed by King Abdullah II [official website], is Jordan's first attempt to address terrorism [JURIST report] since the deadly Amman hotel bomb [CTV report] [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Sunni Iraqi legislator Tayseer al-Mashhadani, kidnapped on July 1 by as-yet-identified captors, has been released on the eve of the launch of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki's national reconciliation project [JURIST report] announced earlier this summer. Al-Maliki described Saturday's release as a "gift". Al-Mashhadani's captors had previously demanded the release [read more]

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