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Legal news from Tuesday, October 17, 2006

[JURIST] A European Parliament delegation [official website] met with Romanian lawmaker Norica Nicolai [official profile, in Romanian] on Tuesday as part of its ongoing investigation [JURIST news archive] into allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] held terror suspects in secret prisons [COE materials] throughout eastern Europe as … [read more]

[JURIST] An independent United Nations [official website] commission released a report [PDF, official press release] on Tuesday calling for criminal investigations into the former prime minister of East Timor [JURIST news archive], Mari Alkatiri [BBC profile] and four other former government officials in relation to armed confrontations between the government … [read more]

[JURIST] The nephew of assassinated Egyptian President Anwar Sadat [CNN profile] began a sit-in in front of Egypt's parliament on Tuesday to protest his upcoming military trial [JURIST report] for implicating the Egyptian army in his uncle's assassination 25 years ago [BBC archive]. Talat al-Sadat declared his intent to boycott … [read more]

[JURIST] Dr. Lester M. Crawford [official profile], former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website], pleaded guilty to charges [criminal information, PDF] of conflict of interest and false writing [US Code text] at his arraignment hearing Tuesday afternoon in front of US Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson. … [read more]

[JURIST] European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso [official profile] has suggested in a speech delivered in the UK that a different name be used to enact the institutional reforms set out in the failed European Constitution [JURIST news archive], echoing a similar notion advanced earlier this year by German Chancellor … [read more]

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] is building a large barbed wire and concrete fence along parts of its border with North Korea [JURIST news archive], according to farmers and visitors in the area. A Chinese Defense Ministry spokesman refused to comment or release information on border security. But experts and … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge in Houston on Tuesday vacated the conviction [PDF text] and dismissed the indictment of Enron founder Ken Lay [defense website; Houston Chronicle profile]. Lay was convicted [JURIST report] in May on fraud and conspiracy charges [indictment, PDF] for providing investors with false and misleading financial information … [read more]

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official website; BBC profile] said Tuesday that Thailand [JURIST news archive] will remain under martial law but will ease restrictions on political gatherings. Martial law currently prohibits gatherings of more than five people. The interim government, formally installed [BBC report] October 9 after receiving … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday rejected Missouri's lethal injection protocols as unconstitutional [JURIST report] for the second time. Last month, US District Judge Fernando Gaitan [official profile] ordered [PDF] Missouri [JURIST news archive] to submit new protocols [JURIST report] by October 27 for carrying out the state death penalty [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The music industry filed lawsuits Tuesday against 8,000 defendants in 17 countries for allegedly participating in illegal file-sharing. The industry, represented by the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI) [official website], reported that its latest wave of lawsuits targets people who upload copyrighted songs to file-sharing networks. Many … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People [advocacy website] has said that the organization will monitor polling places [press release] during the upcoming mid-term elections on November 7 in ten states chosen in part because of a history of problems in those locations. NAACP President Bruce Gordon … [read more]

[JURIST] The chief judge presiding over Saddam Hussein's genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline] agreed Tuesday to allow two lawyers representing one of Hussein's co-defendants to return to court. The lawyers had been participating in a boycott of the trial [JURIST report], but Sultan Hashim Al-Tai, Hussein's defense minister, … [read more]

[JURIST] President George W. Bush signed the Military Commissions Act of 2006 [PDF text; S 3930 summary] Tuesday. The US Congress approved the bill [JURIST report] late last month after leaders of the House of Representatives decided to forego the process of reconciling slightly-divergent House and Senate versions, with the … [read more]

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; chronology, PDF], a Turkish citizen who is also a legal resident of Germany, said Tuesday that Germany is investigating allegations of abuse by German soldiers. Kurnaz, who spent almost five years at the US prison camp in … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of six suspected Islamic militants accused of planning an attack against Dutch politicians began Monday in the Netherlands. The defendants include twenty-year-old Samir Azzouz [Wikipedia profile], whose previous acquittal sparked intense criticism of Dutch anti-terrorism laws. Azzouz has been arrested three times in the Netherlands [JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] The number of hate crimes committed in the US in 2005 fell 6 percent when compared to 2004 numbers, but the percentage of race-based incidents increased slightly, according to figures in a new report [website; press release] from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website]. In 2005, police … [read more]

[JURIST] Two terror suspects whose movement had been restricted under control orders [UK backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] in the UK were reported as missing Monday. One of the individuals is an Iraqi who appears to have been missing for several months, while the other suspect, a British man of Pakistani origin, … [read more]

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