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Legal news from Tuesday, April 10, 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

Former US Green Beret Jonathan 'Jack' Idema, the last of three US citizens jailed in 2004 on charges of running a private jail and torturing eight Afghan men, will reportedly be released from an Afghan prison soon. Idema, US journalist Edward Caraballo, and ex-servicemen Brent Bennett entered Afghanistan on a …

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by Caitlin Price

Two former administrators at a Texas juvenile prison were arrested Tuesday on 13 charges of improper sexual conduct with six students. Former West Texas State School principal John Paul Hernandez and former assistant superintendent Ray E. Brookins each resigned in 2005 as an investigation by Texas Rangers; the case has only recently moved forward as …

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by Caitlin Price

The government of Ethiopia admitted in a statement from its Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) 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 the country to reveal details regarding foreign nationals allegedly …

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by Alexis Unkovic

Europol, the EU law enforcement organization that handles criminal intelligence, presented its EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report TE-SAT 2007 to the European Parliament Tuesday, providing an overview of terrorism in the 27-member European Union. According to the report, 706 individuals were arrested in 15 member states on …

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by Joe Shaulis

The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit has ruled that a Bush administration plan to protect salmon and steelhead near hydroelectric dams in the Columbia River Basin violated the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Monday's unanimous decision by a three-judge panel affirmed decisions by an Oregon district court in …

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by Lisl Brunner

Jordan demonstrated a poor human rights record in 2006, according to a report released Tuesday by the Arab Organization for Human Rights (AOHR). The report singled out for particular criticism the country's controversial Terrorism Prevention Law, passed last year in response to the Amman hotel bombing that killed 57 …

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by Lisl Brunner

Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva Tuesday approved a law permitting abortions during the first 10 weeks of pregnancy. The Portuguese parliament passed the law last month after a February referendum on the issue failed due to low voter turnout. Approximately 60 percent of those who voted in the referendum …

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by Lisl Brunner

The Constitutional Court of Ukraine Tuesday delayed a scheduled hearing on the legality of an April 2 decree by President Viktor Yushchenko dissolving parliament and calling for new elections on May 27. Citing public threats against judges and political pressure, the court said it could not hear …

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by Jeannie Shawl

JURIST has been recognized as an Official Honoree in the Law category in the 2007 Webby Awards. 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 is the first time in the Webbys' 11-year existence that …

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by Brett Murphy

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, the White House announced Tuesday. The administration said in a formal policy statement sent to Congress that Bush would veto the Stem Cell …

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by Katerina Ossenova

The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg ruled 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 2001 and Johnson agreed to the implantation of the embryos, …

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by Brett Murphy

The position of UN Special Adviser for Genocide Prevention will be made permanent to solidify UN efforts against genocide, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced in a speech marking the 13th anniversary of the 1994 Rwandan genocide observed on Monday. Ban called on all nations to work together to prevent genocide, …

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by Katerina Ossenova

Malaysian Prime Minister Abdullah Ahmad Badawi said Tuesday that the Malaysian government would not compel bloggers to register 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 information online.Last week, Energy, Water and Communications Deputy Minister Shaziman …

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by James M Yoch Jr

The US House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales Tuesday for US Justice Department documents relating to the firings of eight US Attorneys. In a letter accompanying the subpoena, committee Chairman John Conyers, Jr. (D-MI) noted that the DOJ's "incomplete response" to the committee's request for documents …

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by Katerina Ossenova

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. The charges were based on video footage shot by the four men as six Muslim men and boys from Srebrenica were shot …

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by Brett Murphy

A federal judge Tuesday denied a motion to dismiss the terrorism charges against Jose Padilla based on Padilla's allegations that he was tortured while detained as an "enemy combatant." Padilla has said that that he was abused, threatened, administered either PCP or LSD as a truth serum, and subjected to …

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by James M Yoch Jr

Bangladesh's Emergency Powers Rules of 2007, instituted when Bangladeshi President Iajuddin Ahmed declared a state of emergency 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 Bangladeshi Ministry of Home Affairs Monday. The amendment …

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by Holly Manges Jones

Chinese officials Tuesday criticized US plans to file a case against China at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for lax enforcement of copyright violations and trademarks. Wang Xinpei, a spokesman for the Chinese Ministry of Commerce, released a statement Tuesday expressing the country's "strong dissatisfaction" to …

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by Holly Manges Jones

A lawyer for the Venezuelan government said Monday that the US is preventing Luis Posada Carriles from being brought to trial for allegations that he plotted the 1976 bombing of a Cuban airliner. Carriles is currently in the US awaiting an immigration trial after being arrested for …

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by Holly Manges Jones

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 alleges that he was handcuffed or made to sit in a cross-legged position for hundreds of hours with bright lights …

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