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Legal news from Monday, December 18, 2006

[JURIST] Thirteen men arrested last year in Australia's largest counter-terrorism raid [JURIST report] pleaded not guilty to the charges against them during a pre-trial hearing Monday. Eighteen suspects were arrested in raids in Sydney and Melbourne and were charged with membership in a terrorist organization and planning a terrorist attack … [read more]

[JURIST] The Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight (OFHEO) [official website] filed a notice of charges [PDF text; press release, PDF] Monday against three former Fannie Mae [official website] executives over their role in fraudulently reporting future earnings so that top executives would receive maximum performance bonuses. The action was … [read more]

[JURIST] Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning [official website] said Monday that he will appeal last week's federal appeals court ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] striking down the state's corporate farming ban [I-300 text] to the US Supreme Court. Although Bruning initially indicated [press release] he would ask the US Court … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Kofi Annan has urged countries to sign and ratify the Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families [text] in order "to provide all migrants with the rights and protection they need and deserve." In a message [text] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] ordered the government Monday to establish more specific criteria to be used by military officials when deciding whether Palestinian students may enter Israel to study. The supreme court's decision came in a lawsuit brought on behalf of Sawsan Salameh [JURIST report], a Palestinian … [read more]

[JURIST] Officials from 13 states, the District of Columbia, and the South Coast Air Quality Management District filed a lawsuit [press release] Monday against the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] "for failing to mandate lower levels of disease-causing soot in the air." The lawsuit alleges that the EPA is … [read more]

[JURIST] Violent crime in the US increased during the first half of 2006 when compared with the same period in 2005, according to the FBI's Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report [press release, PDF; FBI materials] released Monday. Violent crime, including murder, forcible rape, robbery, and aggravated assault, increased 3.7 percent … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for a business associate of former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [party profile] filed an appeal Monday with the South African Constitutional Court [official website] asking that the corruption conviction [JURIST report] of Schabir Shaik be overturned. Shaik was convicted of paying Zuma for political favors in … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraqi authorities are investigating the escape from prison of a former head of the Iraqi Ministry of Electricity [official website]. Ayham al-Samaraie [Wikipedia profile], a member of the 2004-2005 interim Iraqi government [BBC backgrounder], was serving a two-year sentence after being convicted on corruption charges [AP report] brought by … [read more]

[JURIST] Sudanese Justice Minister Mohammed Ali al-Mardhi has indicated that Sudan will cooperate with a UN Human Rights Council [official website] mission investigating human rights abuses in Darfur [JURIST news archive], according to reports Monday in local Sudanese media. The Human Rights Council approved [JURIST report] a resolution [PDF text] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Turkish government has condemned the passage [JURIST report] of legislation in Argentina which refers to the mass killings of Armenians [BBC Q/A] in Turkey around the time of World War I as genocide and establishes a day of annual commemoration on April 24. In a statement from the … [read more]

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's genocide trial [JURIST report; BBC timeline] resumed Monday at the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] in Baghdad with the prosecution presenting documentary evidence they say links Hussein to chemical weapons used during the 1987-88 "Anfal" campaigns [HRW backgrounder] against ethnic Kurds in Northern Iraq. Prosecutors introduced a … [read more]

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