Legal news from Tuesday, January 30, 2007
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Bulgarian prosecutor Nikolay Kokinov said Tuesday that he plans to file charges against eleven Libyan police officers who are accused of torturing five Bulgarian nurses [JURIST news archive] and one Palestinian doctor, who have been convicted and sentenced to death [JURIST report] by a Libyan court for knowingly infecting [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] reinstated a conspiracy charge [PDF opinion] against alleged terrorist Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Tuesday, reversing a lower court decision [JURIST report] that the charge duplicated the other two counts against Padilla and his two co-defendants. [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Carla Del Ponte [official profile] said Tuesday that she will step down as chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] at the end of her current term in September. Del Ponte, who has served for 8 years as chief prosecutor, expressed disappointment [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock [official profile] said Tuesday that he has requested an assessment of the condition of Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] after Hicks' lawyer described Hicks in an interview [transcript; recorded audio] on ABC Australia as being chained to the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Tokyo District Court denied financial compensation on Tuesday to 40 displaced Japanese nationals in China who were left there as children after the Japanese defeat in World War II. The plaintiffs sued the government of Japan [JURIST news archive] for 1.32 billion yen in damages for failing to [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [official profile, DOC; JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that torture is systematic and widespread in Jordan, especially when used to elicit confessions from suspected terrorists. Nowak found the practice of torture [JURIST news archive] to be routine at the General Intelligence Directorate [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official website; JURIST news archive] re-introduced a bill [S.344 summary] Monday which would allow US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] proceedings to be televised, "unless the Court decides, by a vote of the majority of justices, that allowing such coverage in a [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh High Court [government backgrounder] said Monday that it has banned the government from conducting any elections, including this month's upcoming national election, because of political instability in the country. The Chief Election Commissioner of the Bangladesh Election Commission [official website] resigned [JURIST report] just last week as [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Bush has signed an executive order [text] that places a White House-appointed policy administrator in all federal agencies responsible for developing and enforcing public health and safety, environmental, and civil rights policy. Under the order, which will affect groups such as the Environmental Protection Agency and the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union's Court of First Instance [official website] on Tuesday upheld [judgment text; press release, PDF] a 10.35 million euro fine imposed on telecommunications operator France Telecom [official website] by the European Commission for violating EU antitrust rules [EU materials] by charging consumers low prices for high-speed network [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Argentinean Federal Judge Norberto Oyarbide said Monday that extraditing former Argentine President Isabel Peron [Wikipedia profile] from Spain could take more than a year, if it ever happens at all. Argentinean authorities are seeking Peron's return to Argentina [JURIST news archive] for questioning about the Argentine Anti-Communist Alliance (Triple [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Marine Corps [official website] said Monday that it will launch an investigation into the leak of a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) [official website] report on the killing of Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] after the Washington Post earlier this month printed photos [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] A former US contractor working for the US Department of Defense [official website] in Iraq received a nine-year prison sentence [DOJ press release] Monday and was told he must forfeit the $3.6 million he received for awarding contracts to construction companies owned by an American businessman and through money [read more]

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