Legal news from Monday, February 19, 2007
19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two US Congressmen Monday pressed their case for legislation investigating the treatment of 2,300 Japanese descendants from 13 Latin American countries held in US internment camps during World War II. Bill sponsors Reps. Xavier Becerra (D-CA) and Dan Lungren (R-CA) [official websites] spoke out in a Washington Post editorial [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The lead judge in the mass trial of suspects in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] asked the Spanish government Monday to declassify documents allegedly linking a defendant to the Basque separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna (ETA) [BBC backgrounder]. The 29 defendants [BBC backgrounder] are charged with [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Canadian Supreme Court Justice John Major [official profile] temporarily closed proceedings on the 1985 Air India bombing [CBC backgrounder] investigation on Monday until certain documents are publicly released. Major said he cannot carry out the probe without particular documents from the Royal Canadian Mountain Police (RCMP) and Canadian [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines House of Representatives [official website] adopted a new anti-terrorism law [press release] on Monday allowing authorities to detain suspected terrorists for up to three days without filing charges. The legislation, known as the Human Security Act of 2007, includes a provision that grants wrongfully detained persons a [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Justice Minister Clemente Mastella [official website, in Italian] told Rome's Il Messaggero daily on Monday that it is unlikely that Italy will seek extradition of 26 Americans who were indicted [JURIST report] last week for their alleged role in the February 2003 abduction [Washington Post timeline] and extraordinary [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Rwanda [JURIST news archive] released 8,000 prisoners implicated in the country's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder; HRW backgrounder] Monday in an effort to combat prison overcrowding and promote reconciliation. Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] and genocide survivors' group Ibuka [advocacy website], among others, have denounced the prisoners' release, warning [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi Vice President Taha Yassin Ramadan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive], sentenced to death [JURIST report] in connection with crimes against humanity committed in the town of Dujail in 1982, has alleged in a sworn statement [DOC text, English translation] that US forces in Iraq mistreated him [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Georgia General Assembly [official website] is set to consider a bill [text] passed by the state Senate last week requiring state residents to acquire a valid state driver's license and confirm they are legally present in the US before they can register their automobiles. The Senate bill, sponsored [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Canadian chief justice Antonio Lamer [official profile], who led the Supreme Court of Canada [official website] from 1990-2000, warned Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile] Monday against influencing the judiciary to carry out his legislative agenda. In an interview with CanWest News Service, Lamer expressed concern with comments [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego [official website] said in letter [PDF text] to parishioners Sunday that it will consider declaring bankruptcy in light of the more than 140 pending lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by priests. Signed by Bishop Robert Brom [official profile], the letter stated that if [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] said Monday that the Australian government will put more pressure on the US to expedite the trial of Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] when US Vice President Dick Cheney [official profile] arrives in Australia on Tuesday for a two-day [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair [official website] said Sunday that he is in favor of toughening Britain's gun laws [press release] after the deaths of three teenagers [BBC report] in London during the past month. Blair said that the applicable age to receive a minimum 5-year jail sentence for [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Aso [official website] Monday rejected a US House of Representatives proposed resolution [text; H Res 121 summary] which urges Japan to apologize to women who were forced into sexual slavery [JURIST report] during World War II. Aso said the US resolution was "regrettable" and not [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi legislators delivered a draft law [JURIST report] to Iraq's cabinet over the weekend which outlines the development and distribution of oil in the country, according to two members of a negotiating committee tasked with developing the resolution. Negotiations concerning the proposed law have been a source of tension [read more]

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