Legal news from Tuesday, August 29, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] British police on Tuesday charged three people [press release] with conspiracy to murder and planning to smuggle "component parts of improvised explosive devices" onto airplanes in connection with the alleged terror plot [JURIST report] to blow up US-bound planes over the Atlantic, bringing to 15 the total now charged [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official website] said during a one-day visit to Baghdad [press release] Tuesday that enforcement of the rule of law is essential to Iraq's future, but stressed that it was up to the country's leaders and people to determine what kind of law that would [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The prosecutor in the Libyan retrial of five Bulgarian nurses [JURIST report] and one Palestinian doctor accused of infecting over 400 patients, primarily children, with the HIV virus, on Tuesday called for the death penalty in the case. The trial resumed [JURIST report] on May 11 with the testimony [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia has released nine of 29 former Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainees in its custody on Tuesday after investigations revealed that they had not committed any crimes. Charges are still being reviewed for the remainder. Earlier this year, the US transferred fifteen Saudi detainees [JURIST report] who were [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Opposition parties in Jordan on Tuesday condemned anti-terrorism legislation approved [JURIST report] Sunday by Jordan's National Assembly [official website], comparing the new measures to "martial law" and voicing fear that the law will be used to curtail individual liberties. The new anti-terror law is the Jordanian government's first attempt [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Central African Republic President Ange Felix Patasse [Wikipedia profile] was convicted in absentia Tuesday on fraud charges and sentenced to 20 years hard labor. Patasse and four other members of his former government have been charged with embezzlement and fraud stemming from transactions with the Libyan government in [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Two hundred families plan later this week to demand damages from SNCF [corporate website], the French state-run railway system, in connection with the company's transportation of Jewish families to German concentration camps during World War II. The demand comes two months after a French trial court held SNCF liable [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] Australian legal and political observers appeared split Tuesday in the wake of the Australian government's first control order under new anti-terror laws limiting the activities of an uncharged terror suspect. A court Monday issued the order [JURIST report] at the instance of Attorney General Philip Ruddock; under it, Joseph [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Election Commission (FEC) [official website] on Tuesday failed to adopt a proposed rule [FEC materials] to exempt interest groups from "electioneering communications," tying 3-3 instead. The measure, proposed earlier this month [JURIST report] by FEC Commissioner Hans von Spakovsky, would have allowed certain grassroots lobbying groups to [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Guantanamo's oldest known detainee was among the five US-held prisoners transferred to Afghanistan [JURIST report] last week, according to his lawyer who found out about the release over the weekend in a US Department of Justice e-mail. Peter King said that Haji Nasrat Khan [Wikipedia profile], who thought he [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff called for broader US access to European airline passenger data Tuesday in a Washington Post editorial, citing the recently-alleged plot by UK terror suspects [JURIST report] to detonate explosives aboard US airliners flying to the US from Britain. Noting that "British authorities, in [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday welcomed Friday's agreement [JURIST report] by a UN General Assembly committee [official website] on the draft terms of a new UN disability rights treaty. In a statement [text] released by his official spokesman in New York, Annan called the committee's approval of the UN [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign website, in Spanish], the leftist candidate challenging the results of Mexico's disputed July 2 presidential election [JURIST report], has rejected Monday's ruling by the country's Federal Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] reducing the lead of leader Felipe Calderon [campaign website, in Spanish] by [read more]

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