Legal news from Friday, May 11, 2007
18:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Moroccan man convicted of aiding the Sept. 11, 2001 hijackers lost an appeal to Germany's top criminal court Friday. Mounir el Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted in November of being an accessory to murder for helping to protect the hijackers and maintain their facade of [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] Cuba Friday accused the US of violating international anti-terrorism treaties by freeing anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive; case materials] on bail and afterwards dismissing an indictment [JURIST report] against him. In a statement [text] published in state newspaper Granma, the Cuban government said Posada Carriles' release [read more]

17:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Thai government announced Friday that it has decided not to sue internet search giant Google [corporate website] after the company agreed to remove a YouTube video considered insulting to Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej [Wikipedia profile]. In April Thailand banned [JURIST report] access to the popular video-sharing website YouTube [read more]

16:05 EDT

[JURIST] Sudan [JURIST news archive] may have violated international law by conducting "indiscriminate and disproportionate" air attacks in late April on at least five Darfur villages, according to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile]. Sudanese officials have denied the attacks. Arbour said helicopter gunships and Antonov [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said Friday that 11 Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) [official website] officers will not face disciplinary action [press release] for the fatal shooting [JURIST report] of a Brazilian man two weeks after the July 2005 London transit bombings [JURIST news archive]. The IPCC, however, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A two-week UN conference [official website] to toughen the Treaty on the Nonproliferation of Nuclear Weapons [text] failed to reach any agreement Friday, as the United States and Iran traded accusations of bad faith. The US and its allies said Iran stalled the process by objecting to a phrase [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] has dismissed a third judge from the Ukrainian Constitutional Court [official website], little more than a week after dismissing two others for alleged oath and ethics violations [JURIST report]. The Russian Itar-Tass news service Friday quoted Constitutional Court chairman Ivan Dombrovsky [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Thomas Hogan approved an offer of immunity [JURIST report] Friday for former Department of Justice aide Monica Goodling [JURIST news archive], clearing the way for Goodling's testimony before Congress on the firings of eight US Attorneys [JURIST news archive]. Under Hogan's order, Goodling may not refuse [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Two Vietnamese human rights lawyers were sentenced Friday for violating Article 88 of the Vietnamese criminal code by advocating that Vietnam [JURIST news archive] adopt a multi-party system of government. Nguyen Van Dai and Le Thi Cong Nhan were arrested [JURIST report] in February after they hosted a training [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Kamal Labwani, a Syrian political dissident who founded a pro-democracy group, was sentenced to 12 years in prison Thursday for "encouraging attack against Syria" after contacting a foreign country. Labwani met with officials from the White House during a visit to the US in 2005, and was arrested [JURIST [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ali Hassan al-Majid, known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali" [BBC profile], told the Iraqi High Tribunal Thursday that he did not use or issue an order to use chemical weapons against Kurdish rebels in the late 1980s. During defense closing arguments [JURIST report], al-Majid defended the government [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Maj. Gen. Richard A. Huck, commander of the US Second Marine Division in Iraq when 24 Iraqi civilians were killed at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005, told a military panel Thursday that his staff failed to inform him of allegations that the civilians may have [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski [official profile] said Thursday that the judges of Poland's Constitutional Tribunal [official website] could be charged if they act improperly in ruling on the legality of a so-called Lustration Law [RFE backgrounder; BI backgrounder on "lustration" generally] passed in October 2006 requiring over 700,000 [read more]

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