Legal news from Monday, January 29, 2007
20:01 EDT

[JURIST] Fewer Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prisoners will be charged with war crimes this week than originally expected, chief prosecutor USAF Col. Moe Davis [official profile, PDF] told Reuters Monday. Revised charges were expected to be filed against up to 20 suspected members of al Qaeda and the Taliban [read more]

19:01 EDT

[JURIST] Ali Hassan al-Majid [JURIST news archive, BBC profile], the cousin of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] also known to the Western media as "Chemical Ali," insisted before the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] Monday that he should not be forced to stand trial because he has the same kind [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] said Monday that it will seek to keep restrictions on the US government's use of EU airline passenger information in the new agreement being negotiated between the European Union (EU) [official website] and the United States. An interim agreement [JURIST report] signed in [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Justice Minister Clemente Mastella [official website, in Italian] has said that he will refuse to vote for a proposed law [JURIST report] that would give same-sex couples [JURIST news archive] many of the rights that heterosexual couples enjoy. In comments over the weekend, Mastella called the proposal immoral [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The German EU presidency said Monday that it would support EU anti-racism legislation [press release] that would impose maximum one to three-year terms of imprisonment for "[p]ublic incitement to hatred and violence for reasons of racism or xenophobia," but would not push for any law that would explicitly ban [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official profile] announced Monday that rules under the Equality Act [text, PDF] protecting same-sex couples' rights to adopt children [JURIST report] without discrimination will apply without exception, denying special exemptions for faith-based adoption agencies opposed to same-sex unions and/or homosexuality. In a statement [text], [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi-born Dutch national Wesam al Delaema [DOJ press release] pleaded not guilty Monday to attacks on US troops in the Iraqi city of Fallujah in 2003. Al Delaema now faces conspiracy charges [DOJ press release; JURIST report] for allegedly conspiring to participate in insurgent attacks on US troops in [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Wayne County Probate Court [official website] in Detroit, Michigan has scheduled a six-member jury trial for February 19 to settle the disputed estate of civil rights icon Rosa Parks [TIME profile], famously arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat at the front of a Montgomery, [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] confirmed war crimes charges [press release] Monday against Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga [Trial Watch profile], making Lubanga the first ICC defendant to face trial. As founder of the militant Union of Patriotic Congolese [Global Security backgrounder], Lubanga is accused [indictment, PDF; [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Anti-abortion protestors took to the streets in Lisbon, Portugal [JURIST news archive] Sunday in advance of a referendum vote scheduled for February 11 in which voters will decide whether to ease restrictions imposed by the current Portuguese abortion law [text, in Portuguese]. The Portuguese Parliament [official website, in Portuguese] [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Nicolo Pollari, the former head of the Italian Intelligence and Security Services (SISMI) [official website], moved Monday to stop Pollari's trial on charges that he was involved in the alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] and rendition of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Libya is willing to release of five Bulgarian nurses convicted of infecting over 400 Libyan patients, primarily children [JURIST news archive] in exchange for compensation, Seif al-Islam, the son of Libyan leader Colonel Muhamar Gaddafi [BBC profile], told the Bulgarian newspaper 24 Hours [media website] Monday. Seif al-Islam said [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] has ordered all branches of the military to minimize their use of "stop loss" tactics to keep soldiers on active duty beyond their service contracts, notwithstanding a series of court rulings upholding the controversial practice. The "stop loss" policy [Wikipedia backgrounder], long [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Norway has proposed new legislation that would allow embryonic stem cell research [JURIST news archive] to potentially find cures for various diseases. Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services Silvia Brustad [official website, English version] said late last week that the government hoped researchers could use [read more]

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