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Legal news from Friday, September 22, 2006
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the European Parliament's Human Rights Subcommittee [official website] expressed concern Friday that the human rights situation in Turkey [JURIST news archive; CIA backgrounder] is worsening, saying they heard increased accounts of torture, abductions and other abuses during a recent fact-finding visit to southeastern Turkey, where Kurdish separatists [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security [official website] laid out its plans to put up a "virtual fence" along the US borders with Canada and Mexico [JURIST news archive] during a press conference Friday announcing that Boeing Corp. has been awarded a $67 million contract to begin the project [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] has set April 2 as the tentative trial date for former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Justice Julia Sebutinde [official profile] announced the date Friday during a pretrial hearing in The Hague, expressing concern that Taylor [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A prosecutor told a British court-martial Thursday that senior UK military officers should be held responsible for the abuse of Iraqi detainees in UK custody because they failed to develop adequate checking procedures on junior personnel. Colonel Jorge Mendonca, Major Michael Peebles, and Warrant Officer Mark Davies are among [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's king has voiced his support for Tuesday's coup [JURIST report] that brought General Sonthi Boonyaratglin [BBC profile] to power, according to an announcement on Thai state-run television on Friday. Although the leaders of the new "Council of Administrative Reform" claimed to have the king's backing on Wednesday, the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] French President Jacques Chirac [official profile, BBC profile] on Friday reaffirmed his confidence in the judiciary [press release, in French] after meeting with top members of the French judiciary who have asked Chirac to rein in French Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, BBC profile] for his accusations that [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) [official website] cannot serve concurrently as both a senator and a military judge because it violates the US Constitution's separation of powers requirement, the US Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF]. The court on Wednesday upheld a [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] approved the OPEN Government Act [S 394 summary] Thursday, a bill that would punish federal agencies that fail to respond to requests under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [DOJ materials] in a timely manner. The bill would give federal agencies 20 [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two San Francisco Chronicle reporters will be jailed if they continue to refuse to identify the person who leaked secret grand jury testimony from Barry Bonds, Jason Giambi and other athletes, regarding an investigation into the now-defunct Bay Area Laboratory Co-operative (BALCO) [SF Chronicle coverage], a federal judge said [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Christian protestors in Indonesia [government website; JURIST news archive] burned cars, government buildings, a prison and Muslim-owned businesses Friday following the executions of three Roman Catholic men convicted [BBC report] in 2001 of leading a Christian militia which killed at least 70 Muslims in 2000 [BBC backgrounder]. Thousands of [read more]

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