Legal news from Tuesday, October 3, 2006
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [UN Mission in Liberia news release, PDF] on Tuesday began the long process of documenting personal statements on crimes and abuses committed during the country's 14-year civil war [ backgrounder]. Jerome Verdier [ELaw profile], head of the commission which was established under the [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Committee of the Red Cross [advocacy website] has completed its first meeting with prisoners now held by US forces at the expanded Camp Cropper [Wikipedia backgrounder] prison in Iraq, according to a press release [text] posted on the organization’s website Tuesday. The 16-member delegation included one medical [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official profile] has signed a bill officially ratifying the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism [text, PDF], the Kremlin announced Tuesday. A Kremlin statement [text] described the convention as "the first universal treaty designed to prevent acts of terrorism with weapons [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Dick Marty [JURIST news archive], the Swiss parliamentarian who has been leading the Council of Europe [official website] probe into CIA terror secret prisons and renditions in Europe [JURIST report], announced Tuesday that he intends to accompany UN Special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [JURIST news archive] in a [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday heard oral arguments [transcript, PDF] in the consolidated case of Lopez v. Gonzales and Toledo-Flores v. US [Duke Law case backgrounder; merit briefs], in which the Court will decide whether immigrants convicted of state drug felonies can remain [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of Thai democracy activists and academics Tuesday called for newly appointed Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [BBC profile; official website] to lift the martial law imposed [JURIST report] on the country by the military leaders who seized power from Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] in a [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A group of four UN human rights envoys reported Tuesday that Israel and Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] both broke international humanitarian law during the 34-day Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive]. Secretary-General Kofi Annan's representative on displaced people Walter Kaelin, Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions Philip Alston, [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US military commission [JURIST news archive] expected to try Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] will not allow evidence coerced through torture, Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official website] told ABC News on Tuesday. Ruddock added that "sleep deprivation is ordinarily not regarded as torture," however, [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] filed an appeal with the European Court of First Instance [official website] on Tuesday, contesting the $357 million fine imposed [JURIST report] against it by the European Commission [official website] in July for violations of antitrust laws. Microsoft also appealed the 2004 European [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The verdict in the Dujail crimes against humanity case [JURIST report] against Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] has been postponed despite previous expectations that it would be delivered October 16 [JURIST report], the court trying the case announced Tuesday. The court said it decided to postpone the verdict in [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The FBI Tuesday continued an investigation into possible sex crimes by Rep. Mark Foley (R-FL) [WP profile] that may lead to charges under the Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act of 2006 [HR 4472 materials; JURIST report], a bill Foley co-sponsored. Under the law, persons found to be [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US and UK governments have been discussing the release of nine British residents [JURIST report] currently being held at the US prison base in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], but the British government has so far refused to accept the men, saying that US demands for continued surveillance [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment] Tuesday that European companies may pay their male employees more in wages based on years of service even though women in the same positions may have less seniority due to childcare issues. The case was brought in 2001 against [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing 25 detainees in US custody at Bagram Airbase [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Afghanistan filed a habeas corpus [LectLaw backgrounder] petition [PDF text; press release] Monday calling for their release and permission to meet with attorneys, two requests not afforded to terrorist suspects under controversial detainee legislation approved [JURIST [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [official website; BBC profile] told opposition leaders in the lower house of Parliament Tuesday that while he intends to change the role of the country's military in the Japanese constitution [text], he does not want to make such revisions [JURIST report] in order to [read more]

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