Legal news from Monday, September 18, 2006
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's Arar Commission [official website], the official judicial inquiry into the circumstances under which Canadian Maher Arar [advocacy website; CBC timeline] was detained in the US in 2002 and removed to Syria where Arar says he was tortured, concluded Monday that Canadian officials did not play a role in [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Clarence Hill [NCADP profile; FLDOC profile], a convicted murderer on death row in Florida [JURIST news archive], filed a petition Monday asking the US Supreme Court to stay his execution scheduled for Wednesday. The petition follows Friday's decision [opinion, PDF] by the US Court of Appeals for the 11th [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] France [JURIST news archive] will grant amnesty to 6,924 illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive] with school-age children, French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, in French; BBC profile] announced Monday. Even though thousands more had applied for amnesty [JURIST report], Sarkozy said in a television interview that the applications [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] told a press conference [transcript] Monday that specification of banned interrogation methods in military commissions legislation [text, PDF; White House factsheet] drafted by the Bush administration currently under consideration in Congress is vital to US counterterrorism efforts and is necessary to provide [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes court on Monday sentenced Anton Lekaj [indictment], a former member of the Kosovo Liberation Army [BBC backgrounder], to 13 years in prison for the murder of four Kosovo gypsies, as well as several instances of torture, rape and sexual molestation committed in 1999. The court [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Data Protection Supervisor [official website], the European Union's data watchdog official, on Monday condemned a now-voided agreement [BBC Q/A] between the EU and the US forcing European airlines to share passenger data with US authorities for transatlantic flights, saying it lacked sufficient rights safeguards. Peter Hustinx said [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The second Saddam Hussein trial [JURIST report] resumed in Baghdad Monday with more testimony from prosecution witnesses in the case involving the "Anfal" operation [HRW backgrounder] that killed 180,000 Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s. One former Kurdish rebel testified that he was temporarily blinded as a result [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official website] told delegates at the opening of the second session [UN materials] of the UN Human Rights Council [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday that the Council should pay more attention to the Darfur crisis [JURIST news archive] and not focus exclusively on the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The British government Monday proposed closing off the possibility of overturning criminal convictions on legal technicalities where the guilt of accuseds is clear. In a new consultation paper [PDF text] the Home Secretary, the Lord Chancellor, and the Attorney General argue that if the Court of Appeal is convinced [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish parliament, the Grand National Assembly [official website], is scheduled to meet Tuesday, two weeks earlier than usual, to work on passing reform measures aimed at gaining membership to the European Union [JURIST news archive]. The EU has cautioned [JURIST report] Turkey that its EU bid [EU backgrounder] [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Israeli military court on Monday postponed a decision on whether 21 defendants, who were who were detained [JURIST report] following the Hamas capture of Israeli Cpl. Gilad Shalit [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Gaza in June, should be released from detention while their cases are examined. Last Tuesday, the military [read more]

06:09 EDT

[JURIST] Hewlett-Packard's deadline to submit documents to the US House Energy and Commerce Committee [official website] expires Monday, and two top executives have been asked to testify before the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee on the topic of "pretexting," a method of tricking companies into divulging their customers' records, a practice [read more]

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