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21:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] leader Nuon Chea, who faces genocide charges in connection with the deaths of some 1.7 million people in Cambodia's notorious "killing fields" in the 1970s, denied in an interview published in the Phnom Penh Post Friday that Cambodia's communist regime committed genocide in [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Detainee Affairs Charles "Cully" Stimson has set off a firestorm of protest by publicly questioning the propriety of some of the country's top law firms representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. In an interview [recorded audio] on Federal News Radio [media [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Three US Justice Department agencies - the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) [official website], the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) [official website] and the FBI [official website] - are freezing or slowing recruitment efforts largely as a result of a lack of increased funding from Congress' failure [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday granted certiorari in four cases [order list, PDF], including one that will determine if tobacco companies are protected from judgments in state courts on the grounds that cigarettes are federally regulated. The appeal, Watson v. Philip Morris, Cos. (05-1284) [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Germany’s highest court, the Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] in Karlsruhe, announced Friday that it will not hear the appeal [JURIST report] of the 15-year sentence [JURIST report] of convicted September 11 [JURIST news archive] conspirator Mounir al-Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Moroccan-born Motassadeq has another [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish police arrested former Argentine President Isabel Peron [Wikipedia profile] on Friday for her alleged involvement in the disappearance of political opponent Hector Aldo Fagetti Gallego in 1976. Argentine Federal Judge Raul Acosta issued the order for her arrest on Thursday. An anonymous source within the judge's chambers told [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bryan Wagner, the private investigator involved in the Hewlett-Packard corporate spying scandal [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Friday to federal charges [criminal information, PDF] of conspiracy and aggravated identity theft. Wagner was accused of using used the social security number of a targeted reporter to obtain the reporter's telephone [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The federal district court that will hold the trial of alleged terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and two other alleged al-Qaeda operatives announced Friday that it will delay the trial for 3 months, partly in response to the defense’s request to determine Padilla’s mental competency [JURIST [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] has urged the European Union to "fill the leadership void on human rights" [press release] left after allegations of torture and US detention practices have undermined American credibility in the human rights arena. In the introduction [text] to HRW's World Report 2007 [HRW index], [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush Administration said Thursday it will propose legislation easing some anti-terrorism restrictions in order to allow foreigners who have helped armed groups not considered terrorists to seek asylum or resettle in the United States. As a result of antiterrorism laws such as the Patriot Act [PDF; JURIST news [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A political confrontation between the Verkhovna Rada [official website], the Ukraine parliament, and Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] appears to be heading to the country's Constitutional Court after the parliament Friday passed legislation to define and expand the powers of the cabinet in defiance of an [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court rejected the final appeal Friday of Chen Guangcheng [HRW case timeline], a blind Chinese human rights legal activist, who was sentenced [JURIST report] to four years and three months in prison for damaging property and "organizing a mob to disturb traffic." The Intermediate Court in Linyi [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Peruvian president Alan Garcia [official profile, Spanish; BBC profile] Thursday proposed a national referendum [press release, in Spanish] on introducing capital punishment for convicted terrorists after a legislative proposal [JURIST report] to that effect was defeated 49-26 in the Peruvian Congress [official website] on Wednesday. Garcia described the defeat [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website], the country's highest court on civil and criminal affairs, has ruled that a war crimes investigation [Trial Watch backgrounder] against Republic of Congo (ROC) [CIA backgrounder] President Denis Sassou Ngusseo [Wikipedia profile] and other officials for crimes against humanity can proceed. The [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Texas District Judge Bruce Priddy granted a 14-day temporary restraining order on Thursday preventing anti-illegal immigrant measures from going into effect as scheduled on Friday in Farmers Branch, Texas. The ordinances, passed last month in the Dallas suburb [JURIST report; Dallas Morning News report], were challenged by the Mexican [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The trial [press release] of Dragomir Milosevic [ICTY case backgrounder] began Thursday at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website]. Milosevic, a former Bosnian Serb general not related to former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic, has been indicted [PDF text] on crimes against humanity and war crimes [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble [official profile] said Thursday that Germany would place a high emphasis on containing illegal immigration originating from North Africa and Eastern Europe during the six-month German presidency [official website] of the EU. Schaeuble is expected to urge member state internal and justice ministers, scheduled [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Specialist William Hunsaker has received an 18-year prison sentence after pleading guilty Thursday to murder, attempted murder and obstruction of justice charges [JURIST report] relating to the killing of several Iraqi detainees [JURIST report] after a May 9 2006 raid in Thar Thar, a town near Samarra, [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Cuban exile militant wanted in Venezuela for the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner [Wikipedia backgrounder; additional materials] that killed 73 people was indicted [PDF] Thursday by a US federal grand jury in Texas on one count of naturalization fraud and six counts of making false statements. Luis [read more]

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