Legal news from Sunday, October 15, 2006

[JURIST] Thailand Defense Minister Boonrawd Somtas said Sunday that former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile] may "come home," but should wait until martial law is revoked. Martial law has been in place since the mid-September bloodless coup [JURIST report] led by Gen. Sondhi Boonyaratkalin [BBC profile]. New Thai Prime … [read more]

[JURIST] Chinese human rights attorney Gao Zhisheng [Wikipedia profile] has been charged with inciting subversion of state power [CECC report], according to a statement by his lawyer. Gao has been detained without access to his lawyer, Mo Shaoping, since August and was formally arrested on September 21 with no charges … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] told fellow members of his country's ruling party Saturday that French President Jacques Chirac [official profile, in French; BBC profile] has apologized to him for the French National Assembly's passage [JURIST report] on Thursday of a bill [text, in French] making … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraq’s Interior Ministry announced [AP report] Saturday that 3,000 members of its Shiite-led police force have been fired since May and top commanders have been reshuffled amid ongoing accusations [JURIST report] of corruption and human rights violations. Up to 600 department employees will face prosecution. Abdul-Karim Khalaf, spokesman for … [read more]

[JURIST] Jaafar al-Mussawi, chief prosecutor in the trial [BBC timeline] of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], said Sunday that court proceedings will not resume Monday as scheduled. The Iraqi High Tribunal [JURIST news archive] is instead expected to announce the date the verdict against Hussein and his co-defendants will be … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief US Marine Corps defense counsel Col. Carol Joyce has ordered a top Marine Corps lawyer and a paralegal to refrain from speaking with the press concerning allegations of widespread abuse of prisoners by guards at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], a military spokesperson confirmed Saturday. The order, initially … [read more]

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