Legal news from Tuesday, May 22, 2007
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] Tuesday approved a constitutional amendment removing term limits on his own presidency. The measure, which only applies to Nazarbayev, was proposed by the president last week and was approved [JURIST report] by a large majority of the Kazakh parliament [official website] [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines' Commission on Elections (COMELEC) [official website] Tuesday stopped the counting of last week's votes for congressional candidates [JURIST report] in the southern province of Maguindanao to investigate allegations of fraud. Early reports of voter intimidation and vote-rigging have emerged across the country; in Maguindanao, an independent watchdog [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; JURIST news archive] asked a lower court in Kiev Tuesday to block the Constitutional Court of Ukraine [official website, in Ukrainian] from ruling on his April 2 decree dissolving parliament [text; JURIST report] by challenging the court's actions and alleging corruption [press release]. [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] held hearings [press release] Tuesday on California's request for a waiver of preemption for its greenhouse gas emission standards for new cars. The standards would require car manufacturers to cut emissions by 25 percent from cars and light trucks, and 18 [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of farmers in southwestern China reportedly rioted over the weekend due to efforts by local government officials to more strictly enforce China's "One Child Policy" [backgrounder]. A local resident told AP said that the government had imposed fines of over 10,000 yuan ($1,300 USD) on families that had [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Tuesday threatened to bring a lawsuit against a committee investigating Thaksin's alleged corruption if it releases details of a report into a controversial land purchase [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Thaksin's lawyers believe that the release of the information [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Chung Mong-koo [Forbes profile], chairman of Hyundai Motors Group [corporate website], pressed an appeal of his February 5 conviction [JURIST report] for embezzlement and bribery Tuesday by submitting a written "pledge" to the Seoul High Court, hoping to obtain leniency by honoring an earlier promise to donate shares valued [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the committee responsible for developing reforms to Iraq's constitution [JURIST news archive] said Tuesday that, after six months of negotiations, they have been unable to reach any sort of agreement. The panel made up of Shiites, Sunnis, and Kurds had promised [JURIST report] to present Iraq's parliament [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Moroccan police arrested three leading human rights activists and attempted to arrest three others in the disputed Western Sahara [UNHCR backgrounder; pro-independence backgrounder; pro-Morocco backgrounder] region Sunday amid a crackdown before scheduled talks with pro-independence factions next month. Brahim Dahane, president of the Saharawi Association for Human Rights Victims [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Manhattan federal jury Monday convicted [press release] Dr. Rafik Abdus Sabir, a US citizen with a medical practice based in Florida, of conspiracy to provide material support to al Qaeda and attempting to provide that support. Sabir was arrested and charged [JURIST report] in May 2005 following several [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] said Monday that Hicks does not plan to challenge the legality of any control order [JURIST news archive] imposed after his release from prison in Australia. David McLeod said that Hicks is grateful for efforts made to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The California Court of Appeal, Third Appellate District [official website] has ruled that the state may continue to transfer prisoners out-of-state [JURIST report] while litigation proceeds over the challenged program to deal with California's prison overcrowding [JURIST news archive]. The state has appealed a Sacramento County Superior Court ruling [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee Against Torture [official website] Monday urged Poland to disclose details [observations, DOC text] regarding a parliamentary investigation into the presence of secret CIA prisons [JURIST report] in the country on Monday, expressing concern that Poland [JURIST news archive] participated in running terrorist suspect prisons in the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] are refusing to comply with a High Court ruling requiring police officials to vacate Portwe farm in the Matabeleland North province, which was seized by police in March. High Court Judge Francis Bere ruled [ZI report] last week that the police seizure was [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] will review allegations of rape and other violence [press release; ICC backgrounder] committed in the Central African Republic (CAR), ICC Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Tuesday. According to Moreno-Ocampo, reports detailing hundreds of rape victims "calling for justice" have been turned [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-one men on trial for assorted crimes under anti-terror laws in Mauritania [government website, in Arabic] accused police officials Monday of using torture to extract confessions. All 21 of the suspects are charged with belonging to the "non-authorized organization" Salafist Group for Call and Combat (GSPC) [FAS backgrounder], a [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush said Monday that he still fully supports US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive] despite the growing number of Republicans who have expressed concern over the firings of nine federal prosecutors [JURIST news archive], telling reporters at a press conference [transcript] on the Bush Ranch that [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The British Crown Prosecution Service (CRS) [official website] said Tuesday that there is sufficient evidence to charge [press release] Russian businessman Andrei Lugovoi with murder in the poisoning death of former Russian intelligence officer Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline]. British prosecutors are seeking Lugovoi's arrest and extradition, and [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders in the US Senate said Monday that a final vote on an immigration reform agreement [JURIST report] reached last week will be delayed until June due to opposition [JURIST report] from both sides in Congress. Some Republican senators have derided the latest immigration reform [JURIST news archive] plan [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund (MALDEF) and American Civil Liberties Union Foundation of Texas (ACLU-Texas) [advocacy websites] won a temporary restraining order [PDF text; MALDEF press release] from the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas Monday, blocking the enforcement of an anti-illegal immigration [read more]

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