Legal news from Tuesday, April 10, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Green Beret Jonathan 'Jack' Idema [BBC profile], the last of three US citizens jailed in 2004 on charges [JURIST reports] of running a private jail and torturing eight Afghan men, will reportedly be released from an Afghan prison soon. Idema, US journalist Edward Caraballo [personal website], and [read more]

20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two former administrators at a Texas juvenile prison were arrested Tuesday [press release] on 13 charges of improper sexual conduct with six students. Former West Texas State School [official website] principal John Paul Hernandez and former assistant superintendent Ray E. Brookins each resigned in 2005 as an investigation by [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] admitted in a statement [text] from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) [official website] Tuesday that it had detained 41 terror suspects and granted foreign investigators access to the detainees for questioning. The admission came after Sweden, Canada, and Eritrea urged [JURIST [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Europol [official website], the EU law enforcement organization that handles criminal intelligence, presented its EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report TE-SAT 2007 [text, PDF; press release] to the European Parliament Tuesday, providing an overview of terrorism in the 27-member European Union [official website, JURIST news archive]. According to the [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has ruled [opinion, PDF] that a Bush administration plan to protect salmon and steelhead near hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin [USGS backgrounder] violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA) [text; EPA summary]. Monday's unanimous decision by a [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan [JURIST news archive] demonstrated a poor human rights record in 2006, according to a report released Tuesday by the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR) [unofficial advocacy website]. The report singled out for particular criticism the country's controversial Terrorism Prevention Law, passed [JURIST report] last year in response [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva [official website, in Portuguese] Tuesday approved a law permitting abortions during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The Portuguese parliament [official website, in Portuguese] passed the law last month after a February referendum on the issue failed due to low voter turnout [JURIST reports]. [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website] Tuesday delayed a scheduled hearing on the legality of an April 2 decree [transcript of televised statement; decree text] by President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] dissolving parliament and calling for new elections on May 27. Citing public threats against judges [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST has been recognized as an Official Honoree in the Law category in the 2007 Webby Awards [awards website]. The 11th Annual "Webbys" received a record 8,000 entries from over 60 countries and all 50 US states. Only sites in the top 15 percent were deemed Official Honorees. This [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] President George W. Bush will sign off on a bill providing funding for studies on embryos incapable of further development, but will refuse to endorse legislation that would subsidize stem cell research [JURIST news archive], the White House announced Tuesday. The administration said in a formal policy statement [PDF] [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in Strasbourg ruled [judgment] Tuesday that a British woman could not have frozen embryos conceived with a former partner implanted without his consent. Natallie Evans and Howard Johnston entered an in vitro fertilization (IVF) program in [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The position of UN Special Adviser for Genocide Prevention [official website] will be made permanent to solidify UN efforts against genocide, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] announced in a speech [text] marking the 13th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] observed on Monday. Ban [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi [official profile] said Tuesday that the Malaysian government would not compel bloggers to register [press release] with the state, noting that existing laws and regulations were sufficient in case action needs to be taken against those who "cross the limits" by posting false [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena [PDF text] to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] Tuesday for US Justice Department documents relating to the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive]. In a letter accompanying the subpoena, committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) noted that [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia's war crimes court found four members of the Scorpions paramilitary group guilty of murder Tuesday for their role in the 1995 slaughter of 8,000 Muslims in Srebrenica [JURIST news archive]. The charges [JURIST report] were based on video footage [JURIST video; JURIST report] shot by the four men [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Tuesday denied [order, PDF] a motion to dismiss the terrorism charges [indictment, PDF] against Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] based on Padilla's allegations that he was tortured [JURIST report] while detained as an "enemy combatant." Padilla has said that that he was abused, threatened, administered either [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh's Emergency Powers Rules of 2007, instituted when Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed [Wikipedia profile] declared a state of emergency [JURIST report] in January, has been amended to require the approval of concerned state officials before suspects face trial, appeal, bail, or even investigation, according to an announcement from the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese officials Tuesday criticized US plans to file a case [JURIST report] against China [JURIST news archive] at the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website; JURIST news archive] for lax enforcement of copyright violations and trademarks. Wang Xinpei, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce [official website], released [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for the Venezuelan government said Monday that the US is preventing Luis Posada Carriles [Wikipedia profile; additional materials] from being brought to trial for allegations that he plotted the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner [Wikipedia backgrounder; additional materials]. Carriles is currently in the US awaiting an [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese lawyer and outspoken critic of the Chinese government has accused authorities of torturing him to confess to subversion charges, according to letters and recordings that were recently made public by a fellow activist. Gao Zhisheng [Wikipedia profile] alleges that he was handcuffed or made to sit in [read more]

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