Legal news from Monday, October 30, 2006

[JURIST] A US Navy spokesman said Monday that an Article 32 hearing scheduled for Tuesday in the case of Lt. Cmdr. Matthew M. Diaz, a staff attorney with the US Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps accused of leaking detainee names while stationed at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], has been … [read more]

[JURIST] Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official website] voiced objections to a draft document governing the special tribunal [JURIST report] to be tasked with trying suspects in the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive] in a 32-page report released Monday. Lahoud balked at his … [read more]

[JURIST] US special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald [official website; JURIST news archive] argued in court papers filed Monday with the US District Court for the District of Columbia that he should not be required to explain to jurors in the case of former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A Beijing court has denied an appeal hearing for Ching Cheong [advocacy website; SCMP Q/A], who was convicted in August on charges of spying for Taiwan. Ching, the chief China correspondent for Singapore's Straits Times [media website], was sentenced to five years in jail [JURIST report] by a Chinese … [read more]

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official website, in French; JURIST news archive] promised Monday to extend the scope of anti-vandalism laws following the burnings of some 200 vehicles over the weekend. After an emergency meeting on transportation security, de Villepin said the laws should be modified [press release, … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] announced Monday that it will hear the appeal of a British woman trying to use frozen embryos despite objections from her former partner who fertilized the eggs. The ECHR ruled in March [JURIST report] that Natallie Evans could not use … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion text, PDF] a preliminary injunction [JURIST report] preventing South Dakota from enforcing a 2005 abortion law [text] pending a lawsuit brought by Planned Parenthood of Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota [advocacy website]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge in Chile [JURIST news archive] placed former dictator Augusto Pinochet [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] under house arrest Monday, marking the first time Pinochet has been detained on torture charges. Federal Judge Alejandro Solis ordered Pinochet's arrest [JURIST report] on Friday in connection with 36 cases … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian court on Monday ordered former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and British corporate lawyer David Mills [Guardian profile] to face trial on corruption charges. According to Italian media reports, Mills in 1997 and 1998 allegedly gave false testimony at trials involving a … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official website, in English; BBC profile] said Sunday he was optimistic that a proposed amendment to the Egyptian constitution [text] to permit multi-candidate direct elections for the Egyptian presidency will pass when the Egyptian parliament [official website] begins its next session on November 8. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Public trust in the Chinese judiciary needs in be restored in the face of court corruption and systemic failures to implement court orders, according to a report by the China's chief justice submitted to the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress [official websites] Monday. The report says that … [read more]

[JURIST] Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile] told a British appeals court Monday that his February conviction [JURIST report] on incitement to murder charges [BBC summary; BBC trial timeline] should be overturned on the grounds that he was denied a fair trial. Hamza was convicted on 11 of 15 … [read more]

[JURIST] Khalil al-Dulaimi, chief defense counsel for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], appeared in court Monday, presented 12 demands to the judge to be satisfied to end the ongoing defense team boycott, and stormed out of court after the presiding judge told him that Arab and foreign lawyers may only … [read more]

[JURIST] A British advocacy group condemned the UK government for failing to properly regulate hired mercenaries operating in Iraq [BBC report] and Afghanistan in a report [PDF text] released Monday that proposes regulations to hold mercenaries accountable for alleged abuses. The report by the War on Want [advocacy website] charges … [read more]

[JURIST] Absentee Ohio voters must continue to show proof of ID when casting ballots after a federal appeals court on Sunday stayed [PDF text] a lower court order [JURIST report], handed down last week, that would have temporarily suspended Ohio's voter ID law [Ohio SOS backgrounder]. The US Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] The North Korean government is "actively committing crimes against humanity" by the starvation and political repression of North Korean citizens, according to a report [PDF text] released Sunday by a blue-ribbon panel comprised of Vaclav Havel [official website], former President of the Czech Republic; former Prime Minister of Norway … [read more]

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