Legal news from Tuesday, September 12, 2006
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Deputy Attorney General Paul McNulty [official bio] expressed support at a Senate hearing Tuesday for a Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] policy that encourages corporations to turn over confidential records to officials investigating corporate fraud [JURIST news archive]. The 2003 Thompson Memorandum [PDF] instructs prosecutors that cooperation [read more]

20:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopian President Girma Woldegiorgis [official profile] granted amnesty to 263 prisoners on Tuesday, including full clemency for 237, reduced sentences for 15 and commuting of the death penalty for 11. President Woldegiorgis described the unprecedented amnesty as motivated by the inmates' good behavior and repentance. Ethiopia arrested thousands of [read more]

19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Eight former police and military officers have been indicted by a Uruguayan court on counts of kidnapping and conspiracy committed during Uruguay's military dictatorship of 1973-85 [LOC backgrounder]. The crimes relate to the 1976 disappearances of five members of an Uruguayan leftist group who fled to Argentina and were [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced [summary of judgment] a former Rwandan army officer to 25 years in prison on Tuesday on charges of genocide and crimes against humanity connected to the 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that left at [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Israeli military court Tuesday ordered the release of 21 Palestinian lawmakers, including three cabinet ministers, who were detained [JURIST report] following the Hamas capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Gaza in June. Prosecutors are appealing the decision to release the detainees on bail, however, and [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] International human rights groups have denounced China's release of new media regulations [text] governing the domestic release of news and information by foreign news agencies. The regulations, which give China's official Xinhua News Agency [official website] ultimate rights of approval [JURIST report] over the distribution and release of foreign [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Denise Cote of the Southern District of New York [official website] on Tuesday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit alleging that Canadian oil and gas producer Talisman Energy [corporate website] aided genocide in order to access oil in Sudan. The judge ruled that "the plaintiffs have failed [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Kurdish witness testifying Tuesday in the resumed [JURIST report] genocide trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] described how Iraqi troops bombed his village outside the Kurdish city of Sulaimaniya in 1988 and of how he fled to Iran with relatives, but lost his mother and two sisters, [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] British prosecutors have charged Yassin Mutegombwa with receiving training for terrorism, making him the first person in the UK charged with the new offense under the recently enacted Terrorism Act 2006 [text]. Mutegombwa was one of 14 suspects arrested [JURIST report] during anti-terror raids [BBC report] in Britain conducted [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Senators John Warner (R-VA), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday circulated a revised draft [PDF text] of a bill that would establish military commissions [JURIST news archive] for terror detainees. Although the draft is closer to the Bush administration's own proposed legislation [PDF text; White [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court Tuesday convicted four people - all members of the same family - of conspiracy and aiding a terrorist act in the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder], a series of attacks which killed 257 people and injured over 700 others in India's financial center. Indian prosecutors charged [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Roslyn Silver on Monday refused to prevent enforcement of an Arizona law requiring voters to show a government-issued photo ID [AZ Sec. State materials] or two non-photo forms of identification before casting a ballot. The measure, which also requires voters to show proof of citizenship, was [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] Tuesday upheld a UK law [press release, PDF; ECJ case materials] that extends the right to vote in European Parliament elections to residents of Gibraltar [government website; BBC backgrounder], the tiny British overseas territory at the mouth of the Mediterranean. In 2003, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on Monday charged freelance Croatian journalist Domagoj Margetic with contempt of court for posting the names of two protected witnesses on his website. Margetic is accused of publishing the names of witnesses who testified in the trial [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) [corporate website] has agreed to pay $3.4 billion [IRS press release] to settle Internal Revenue Service [official website] claims in what the IRS calls "the largest tax dispute in the history of the Internal Revenue Service." According to the IRS:The agreement between GSK and the IRS brings [read more]

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