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Legal news from Saturday, October 21, 2006
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Moroccan Association for Human Rights (AMDH) [advocacy website, in French] says that a Moroccan detainee held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST archive] who was supposedly transferred to the government of Morocco [official website] on October 12 is missing, according to his family. Younes Chekkouri was allegedly arrested in Afghanistan [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary John Reid [BBC profile] is soliciting bids for the provision of prison ships to house approximately 800 inmates to relieve pressure on Britain's overcrowded jails. The system has neared its 80,000 inmate limit [JURIST report] and the country's reconviction rate has reached a record high. Currently, [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) [official website] has urged the US Justice Department [letter] to appeal this week's federal court ruling vacating the conviction [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] of former Enron Chairman and CEO Kenneth Lay [JURIST news archive]. Feinstein wrote to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Friday, calling [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] prosecutor Carla del Ponte [official profile] said Saturday that she believes that Bosnian war fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] "is in Serbia, in and around Belgrade". Del Ponte has been critical of Serbian [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Repeated allegations of widespread human rights abuses in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] continue to go uninvestigated by the military government and its inaction remains the primary obstacle to securing human rights in the country, according to a new UN report [UN press release] presented Friday. UN Special rapportuer for [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Assistant Secretary of State Daniel Fried [official profile] Friday condemned the passage of a bill [text, in French; JURIST news archive] last week by the French lower house of parliament making it a crime to deny that killings of Armenians in 1915 [ANI backgrounder] in the then-Ottoman Empire [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Rogelio Pfirter [official profile], director-general of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website] has urged [press release] North Korea and several Middle Eastern countries, including Egypt, Israel, Lebanon and Syria, to join the Chemical Weapons Convention [materials] and destroy their weapon stockpiles. Speaking to the [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Intermediate People's Court [judicial system backgrounder] in the city of Shaoyang has released a Chinese journalist, Yang Xiaoqing, on bail after he served only seven months of his one-year sentence [JURIST report], Yang's wife said Saturday. The court exempted Yang from serving the remainder of his sentence, but [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that Arizona can enforce a new law [PDF] requiring voters to show government-issued ID cards [JURIST news archive] at the polls for the November elections, reversing a decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] rendered earlier this month by the US [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia [official website] has ruled that the National Indian Gaming Commission (NIGC) [official website], does not have authority to regulate how certain games, including blackjack and slot machines, are run on Indian casinos. The dispute arose in 2001, when the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Lewis Babcock upheld Colorado's ban on smoking in indoor public places Friday, despite allegations that it discriminates in favor of casinos at the expense of bar owners. Babcock dismissed a suit challenging the constitutionality of the Colorado Clean Indoor Air Act [PDF], which since July 1 [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Pfc. John J. Jodka will plead guilty in connection with the April 26 death of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], according to Jodka's lawyer speaking Friday. The guilty plea, expected to be entered on Thursday, is to charges [read more]

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