Legal news from Sunday, December 17, 2006

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense announced [press release] Sunday that it has transferred 17 more Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to their home countries for detention or release, bringing the number of detainees released from Guantanamo this year to 114. Seven of the newly-freed detainees have been transferred … [read more]

[JURIST] Six leading US and Japanese automakers Friday asked a federal judge to dismissal a California lawsuit alleging that vehicle emissions of greenhouse gases [EPA backgrounder] from cars made by the companies have contributed to global warming constituting a 'public nuisance' that has cost the state millions of dollars. California … [read more]

[JURIST] US military sources in Iraq announced [MNF-Iraq press release] Saturday that earlier this month the Central Criminal Court of Iraq sentenced 16 security detainees accused of terrorism law breaches, illegal weapons possession and border breaches to punishments ranging from death to a year's imprisonment. The heaviest punishment was imposed … [read more]

[JURIST] Organizers and observers of a Moscow rally [JURIST report] held Saturday by a coalition of opposition parties protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin's increasingly-restrictive rights record [JURIST news archive] were quoted in press reports Sunday as saying that police pulled hundreds of would-be demonstrators off buses heading for the unusual … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki opened a national reconciliation conference in Baghdad Saturday by signaling a reversal of the ban on former Baath Party [BBC backgrounder] members in the Iraqi government that has applied since the days of the US Coalition Provisional Authority. In a speech to delegates Maliki … [read more]

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