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Legal news from Thursday, August 31, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli military court trying Palestinian parliament speaker Aziz Dweik [official profile, in Arabic; JMCC profile] and 18 Hamas cabinet ministers on charges of membership in a terrorist organization [JURIST report] adjourned Thursday after granting defense lawyers two days to prepare arguments on diplomatic immunity [eDiplomat.com backgrounder]. The defense, [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentine President Raul Alfonsin [Wikipedia profile] has testified that amnesty laws preventing prosecution for human rights abuses during the so-called Dirty War [GlobalSecurity.org backgrounder] of the late 1970s and early 80s helped to prevent rebellion during the transition from military rule to democracy. Nevertheless, Alfonsin said he "felt [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh High Court [Banglapedia backgrounder] on Thursday confirmed the death sentences that a trial court imposed [JURIST report] in May on seven Islamic militants who murdered two judges [JURIST report] in a bombing last year. The men include the leaders of two banned groups: Shayek Abdur Rahman of [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian magistrate called a control order [JURIST report] issued for terror suspect Joseph Terrence "Jihad Jack" Thomas [advocacy website] "farcical" on Thursday since, among other things, the order prohibits Thomas from contacting Osama Bin Laden [JURIST news archive]. The decision by the Australian government [ABC Australia report] to [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in the war crimes case against Momcilo Krajisnik [ICTY case backgrounder], a former Bosnian Serb speaker of parliament and the right hand man to former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile], have called for a life sentence for Krajisnik due to the seriousness of [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Ching Cheong [advocacy website; Wikipedia profile], chief China correspondent for Singapore's Straits Times [media website], was sentenced to five years in jail by a Chinese court on Thursday after being convicted on charges of selling state secrets and spying for Taiwan [BBC report]. In addition to the prison sentence, [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Ugandan government [official website] said Thursday that it will ask the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to withdraw its plans to arrest [JURIST report] leaders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [BBC backgrounder]. If the indicted LRA leaders agree to the terms of the ongoing truce, [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] German politicians are debating a wave of new anti-terrorism proposals after terrorists attempted to blow up two trains [BBC report] in the country one month ago. Despite recently-passed legislation expanding state intelligence powers and allowing the prosecution of foreign terrorists in Germany [JURIST news archive], legislators backing other proposals [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] has upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court ruling that the selection process for New York Supreme Court [official website] judges is unconstitutional. US District Court Judge John Gleeson [official profile] ruled [opinion, PDF] in January that the state's [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US government will not pursue the death penalty against US Marine Corps [official website] Pfc. John Jodka III in the death of an Iraqi civilian in Hamdania, according to a military prosecutor during Article 32 [JAG backgrounder; UCMJ text] hearings [JURIST report] Wednesday to determine if Jodka and [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The body of missing Tikrit judge Turky al-Dulaimi has been found by Iraqi police near Baghdad, according to a police source speaking on the condition of anonymity Thursday. Dulaimi disappeared four days ago after being transferred from a court in Tikrit to one in Abu Ghraib. The source said [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush [official website] announced [press release] on Wednesday the nominations of five people to serve as federal appeals court judges on the US Courts of Appeals for the Fourth, Fifth, and Ninth Circuits. The nomination of the five conservatives has already caused concern among Senate leaders with a [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; BBC profile] on Thursday once again said that Iran will not cease its uranium enrichment program, despite an August 31 deadline [JURIST report] set by UN Security Council Resolution 1696 [PDF text], stating that "the Iranian nation will not accept for one moment [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The South African National Assembly [official website], the lower house of the country's parliament, has passed the Prohibition of Mercenary Activity and Regulation of Certain Activities in Areas of Armed Conflict Bill [PDF text], legislation that would prevent South African citizens from serving in foreign armies or security forces [read more]

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