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17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] plans to develop a common fingerprint database that includes data collected from criminals convicted of serious crimes within member states, a spokesperson announced Friday. EC spokesperson Ana-Paula Laiss denied claims made in the London Times that the database would require fingerprints even from [read more]

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[JURIST] Nigerian Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official profile, JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Friday against the Nigerian electoral commission [official website] after it issued a ruling Thursday prohibiting him from running in the upcoming April presidential. The commission cited the Nigerian constitution [text], which bars presidential candidates indicted for [read more]

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[JURIST] British coroner Andrew Walker [Wikipedia profile] ruled Friday that a US A-10 tank-buster "friendly fire" attack on a UK troop convoy that killed UK soldier Matty Hull [Wikipedia profile] "amounted to an assault. It was unlawful because there was no lawful reason for it and in that respect it [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Judges appointed to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] reached an agreement Friday on the most pressing points of contention over the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] genocide trial rules [2006 draft rules, PDF] after a 10-day meeting [JURIST report; press release, PDF]. In [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former CIA operative Valerie Plame [WP profile] testified before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official investigation website] Friday that the White House and US Department of State "carelessly and recklessly" blew her cover in an effort to discredit her diplomat-husband Joseph Wilson [BBC profile] who had [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The president-elect of Russia's Chechen Republic [official website, in Russian] accused Russian authorities Friday of torturing Chechen detainees. The allegations by Ramzan Kadyrov [BBC profile] came just days after the Council of Europe's European Committee for the Prevention of Torture and Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (CPT) [official [read more]

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[JURIST] Japanese Internet entrepreneur Takafumi Horie [Wikipedia profile], 34, was convicted of securities law violations on Friday and sentenced to two and a half years in prison. Horie, whose rebellious style made him a media celebrity [fan website], received a harsher penalty than the suspended sentence that most convicted executives [read more]

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[JURIST] A bill to repeal the Maryland death penalty [JURIST news archive] failed in the Maryland Senate Judicial Proceedings Committee [official website] Thursday when the committee members tied in a 5-5 vote. Swing vote Sen. Alex X. Mooney (R) [official profile] voted against the bill after unsuccessfully lobbying for an [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Italy [JURIST news archive] has asked the Italian Constitutional Court [official website] to cancel the indictments of 34 American and Italian intelligence officials [JURIST report] in connection with the 2003 kidnapping and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric and suspected terrorist Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [JURIST news archive] [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Judicial Council of Pakistan [governing constitutional provisions] Friday removed all restrictions [order] on the liberty of Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official profile], suspended for misconduct [JURIST report] last week by President Pervez Musharraf [official website; BBC profile]. Chaudhry appeared in front of the Council for an initial [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] en banc Thursday that Robert Comer, an inmate on death row, "is competent to waive further proceedings...[and] has chosen to do so voluntarily," paving the way for Comer's desire to allow his execution in Arizona [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile] testified Saturday at a military status hearing at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] that he personally "decapitated with my blessed right hand the head of the American Jew, Daniel Pearl, in Karachi," according to a statement initially withheld from Wednesday's release [JURIST report] of [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A French court convicted a doctor for the poisoning death of a terminally ill cancer patient Thursday. Dr. Laurence Tramois was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence for prescribing a fatal dose of potassium chloride that resulted in the death of Paulette Drualis in August 23, 2003. The [read more]

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[JURIST] The Japanese government has found no evidence that so-called Korean and Chinese "comfort women" [Amnesty backgrounder] were forced into sexual slavery during World War II, according to a cabinet statement [text, in Japanese] provided to a Japanese lawmaker Friday. According to the statement, the government has not come across [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese National People's Congress [official website] on Friday approved a landmark law protecting private property [Xinhua report; JURIST news archive] by a 2799-52 vote. Chinese lawmakers have been considering the bill for over 13 years, and the final version grants equal protections to both public and private property [read more]

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