Legal news from Saturday, May 5, 2007
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A retired Indonesian general widely blamed for rights abuses committed by pro-Indonesian militias on the former Indonesian island territory of East Timor after an independence referendum in 1999 [PBS backgrounder] told an Indonesian-Timorese truth commission Saturday that it was "senseless and crazy" to blame Indonesia for the crimes. General [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's Office of the General Prosecutor is investigating Turkish Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan [BBC profile] for possible legal violations after he allegedly criticized the country's Constitutional Court [official website] following a controversial ruling earlier this week, CNN Turk [media website, in Turkish] reported Friday. At the instance of lawyer [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A new Pentagon survey [text] of the mental health of deployed US Army and Marine Corps troops in Iraq released Friday shows that a significant percentage approve of abusing and even torturing Iraqi non-combatants, finding that "only 47 percent of soldiers and 38 percent of Marines agreed that non-combatants [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a racketeering lawsuit against Microsoft Corporation [corporate website] launched in respect of an alleged agreement with retailer Best Buy [corporate website] can proceed, overturning a lower court ruling. Consumers claimed that in the context of [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Rear Adm. Harry Harris, commander of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], has said that he supports so-called "habeas visits" of lawyers with detainees at the facility and no longer endorses visit restrictions along the lines outlined [JURIST report] in a recent US Department of [read more]

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