Chaudhry was technically made "non-functional" [JURIST report] by a March 9 order of Musharraf. No specifics were provided at the time of his suspension but documents subsequently disclosed [JURIST report] suggest he was officially removed on suspicion of misusing his influence to get his son jobs and promotions. Lawyers and opposition leaders critical of the move consider the suspension an assault on the independence of the country's judiciary and an indirect bid by Musharraf to continue his eight-year rule in an election year. Pakistan's Supreme Judicial Council (SJC) began an inquiry into Chaudhry's alleged misconduct, but the investigation was suspended [JURIST report] Monday after Chaudhry appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the SJC lacked competence to try him. The Supreme Court Tuesday created a special panel of judges [JURIST report] to hear the challenge.
[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] Friday withdrew one of its proposals for tightened restrictions [proposed protective order, PDF] on contact between lawyers and their clients at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] outlined [JURIST report] in an earlier DOJ filing with the US DC Circuit Court of Appeals. Backtracking on a three-visit cap between detainees [JURIST news archive] and their lawyers, DOJ lawyers said they continue to endorse other proposed restrictions including allowing lawyers to visit a detainee only once in order to obtain authorization for legal representation and subjecting mail sent to detainees by their lawyers to review by intelligence officers and military lawyers not involved in the prosecution of a particular detainee's case.
[JURIST] Poland's Constitutional Tribunal [official website] Friday struck down portions of the country's so-called Lustration Law [RFE backgrounder; BI backgrounder on "lustration" generally] passed in October 2006 requiring over 700,000 Polish professionals - academics [IPN announcement], journalists, lawyers, diplomats and managers of state-owned companies - to file affidavits swearing they they never co-operated with the country's Communist-era secret police. The high court ruled that the government of Poland [JURIST news archive] can neither require citizens to make such declarations nor publish a list of alleged Soviet collaborators. Poland was governed by a Soviet-installed Communist regime from 1945-1989 [Wikipedia backgrounder].
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