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Legal news from Thursday, January 18, 2007
19:01 EDT

[JURIST] More than a hundred officials of Saddam Hussein's regime have been charged for their roles in quelling the Shiite uprising [HRW report] following the 1990-91 Gulf War that resulted in the deaths of tens of thousands of Shiites, according to Iraqi High Tribunal prosecutor Jaafar al-Moussawi [JURIST news archive]. [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The father and military lawyer of Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] spoke out against new US military commission rules [manual, PDF; JURIST report] Thursday, insisting that the regulations are even more unfair for defendants than those which applied under the original commission [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [government website; JURIST news archive] has accused National League for Democracy [Wikipedia backgrounder] leader, and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of tax evasion, claiming in the state newspaper that she violated Myanmar law by spending her [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [text] Thursday that two Chechen brothers were tortured by the Russian military during their 6-month detention in 2000 and awarded each brother €35,000 ($57,665) compensation. Adam and Arbi Chitayev, captured by Russian forces in April of 2000 and held [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Terror detainees may be convicted solely on hearsay or coerced evidence and defendants may not present classified evidence unless the government approves its use, according to the Manual for Military Commissions [PDF text; AFPS report], released by the US Defense Department Thursday. The manual describes the procedures to govern [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] Thursday that it is not "[his] decision" whether or not the Justice Department agrees to release the text of the order granted by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [FJC backgrounder] authorizing government surveillance of transmissions coming [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke [BBC News profile] criticized Britain's judges Thursday for rulings that he said undermined the war on terror. Clarke, who led the Home Office [official website] from December 2004 until May 2006, spoke before the Lords Constitution Committee [official website] about the inability of [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] held [judgment] Thursday that the militant Kurdistan Worker's Party (PKK) [official website; FAS backgrounder] can appeal the decision of the Council of the European Union [official website] in 2002 to include the PKK on its list of terrorist organizations. The court [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush Wednesday urged Congress to pass the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2007 [HR 493 text, PDF], promoting genetic testing for disease by making genetic discrimination illegal. In a speech [text] at the National Institutes of Health [official website], Bush said "If a person is willing to share [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Cpl. Trent Thomas is expected to plead guilty during a Thursday court hearing to unpremeditated murder charges stemming from the alleged murder of Iraqi civilian Hashim Ibrahim Awad [Wikipedia profile] in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Awad was allegedly shot and killed by eight servicemen who [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] said Wednesday that he is concerned about the status of ongoing discussions between the UN and Lebanon on the proposed UN-supported international tribunal [JURIST news archive] to try suspects accused of assassinating former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri in February 2005. Ban said [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The "no-fly" terrorist watch list now used by the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) [official website] is being redrafted and will likely be cut in half, according to testimony [prepared statement, written testimony, PDF] given by TSA Administrator Kip Hawley during a Wednesday Senate Commerce Committee [official website] hearing. Hawley [read more]

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