Legal news from Thursday, January 25, 2007
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Italy is set to become the latest country in Europe to criminalize Holocaust denial [JURIST news archive] after the cabinet of Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi [official website, in Italian] unanimously approved a draft bill [notes, PDF in Italian] Thursday. The draft, written by Justice Minister Clemente Mastella [official [read more]

20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh Attorney General [official website] AJ Mohammad Ali stepped down from his post Wednesday in what is believed to be a response to demands for his resignation from a left-leaning 14-party coalition led by the Awami League (AL) [party website]. The AL accuses Ali of instituting policies for a [read more]

18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Senegal to accelerate the process of bringing former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive] to justice in a briefing paper [HRW backgrounder] released Thursday. Following a recommendation [JURIST report] from the July 2006 African Union assembly [official website], Senegalese [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia Attorney General Abdul Rahman Saleh announced Thursday that by the end of the month the state plans to bring a civil action against former president Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile] for alleged misuse of charitable funds. The suit will concern the Supersemar foundation, created by Suharto in 1974 [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Seoul court ruled Thursday that cancer patients suing South Korean tobacco firm Korea Tobacco and Ginseng Co. (KTG) [company backgrounder] do not have enough evidence to link their diseases to negligence on the part of the companies. The court conceded the link between smoking and the plaintiffs' illnesses, [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said Thursday that the increasingly-controversial issue of whether Catholic adoption agencies would have to permit adoptions by same-sex couples under new equality regulations will be decided in cabinet next week. The rules would ostensibly prohibit discrimination against same-sex couples wishing to exercise their new [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A North Carolina state judge on Thursday issued an injunction blocking two executions until Gov. Mike Easley issues new procedures to execute capital defendants without the presence of doctors. The new execution protocol is required after the North Carolina Medical Board last week changed their capital punishment policy [text], [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Pfc. Corey R. Clagett pleaded guilty during his court-martial on Thursday to charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy to commit murder and conspiracy to obstruct justice, relating to the killing of several Iraqi detainees [JURIST report] after a May 9 2006 raid in Thar Thar, a town [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Court Judge Melinda Harmon on Wednesday granted a motion to dismiss seven defendants from the Enron shareholder derivative lawsuit [class action website], scheduled to go to trial in April. The lead plaintiff in the case, the University of California Board of Regents, has already negotiated settlements with [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Italian police Chief Superintendent Chiara Giacomantonio said Wednesday that a four month-long investigation has turned up nearly 2,000 suspects believed to be involved in human trafficking [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in Italy. According to police, most of the human trafficking involved both minors and adults who were forced [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul [official website, English version] has called for change to the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of Turkey's penal code, which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. Gul, who last December conceded that the law could be changed if necessary [JURIST [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A parliamentary committee of the Israeli Knesset [official website] voted 13-11 Thursday to grant the request of Israeli President Moshe Katsav [official website; JURIST news archive] for a three-month temporary suspension. The Knesset vote preserves Katsav's immunity even though he faces possible charges of rape, sexual harassment, abuse of [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Clarke did not sanction a defense lawyer for alleged terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] during Wednesday court hearings for violating a protective order that bars distribution of sensitive documents, but instead had all defense lawyers sign agreements not to leak any other [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Sentencing proceedings in the case against Saddam Hussein-era Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile] were postponed until February 12 Thursday after lawyers for the survivors of Ramadan's crimes failed to show up in court. The lawyers had not been given notice to appear. Ramadan is expected [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Federal authorities arrested a Mississippi man Wednesday for the 1964 kidnapping and deaths of two black men in another reopened civil rights-era case [US News backgrounder]. James Ford Seale, now 71 years old, was originally arrested in 1964 on suspicion of kidnapping two young black men, Henry Dee and [read more]

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