Legal news from Monday, June 18, 2007

[JURIST] Senior UN officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official websites] Monday urged [press release] countries to cooperate in the capture of numerous fugitives who remain at large. Carla Del Ponte, top prosecutor for the ICTY, said … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] said Monday it has approved a request [letter, PDF] by Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora [BBC profile] to aid his country in the investigation of the murder of anti-Syrian legislator Walid Eido [BBC report] last week. Eido, who was a member of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] broadband division chief Kenneth Rice was sentenced to 27 months in prison [DOJ press release] Monday and ordered to forfeit almost $15 million as part of a plea deal with prosecutors for his testimony against former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling and company … [read more]

[JURIST] EU Commissioner for Justice, Freedom and Security Franco Frattini [official profile] Monday said that many EU member states have failed to implement EU legislation to combat corruption [press release] by making bribery through an intermediary a criminal offense and updating existing anti-corruption legislation to include non-profit organizations. The EU … [read more]

[JURIST] Israeli human rights group B'Tselem [advocacy website] called Monday for Hamas leaders in Gaza to investigate and bring to trial anyone who may have committed war crimes [press release], citing reported incidents of violence against children and civilians during last week's fighting between Hamas [party website; ICT backgrounder] and … [read more]

[JURIST] The US delegation [official website] to the Meetings of the Group of Governmental Experts [official website] for the Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW) [PDF text] said Monday that the United States will not support a ban on the use of cluster munitions [FAS backgrounder; JURIST news archive], but … [read more]

[JURIST] Thai Attorney General Phatchara Yutithamdamrong said Monday that he would seek a criminal trial against former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife regarding a 2003 land purchase by Pojamarn Shinawatra from the government-directed Financial Institutions Development Fund [official website]. Yutithamdamrong also recommended … [read more]

[JURIST] Dutch interrogators accused of prisoner abuse in Iraq were cleared [NOS report with press conference video, in Dutch] Monday with the release of two government ordered reports [press release with report texts, in Dutch] that found no torture but did say that interrogation methods may have breached international conventions. … [read more]

[JURIST] The judge presiding over the trial of 26 US CIA agents [JURIST news archive] and two former Italian intelligence officials in the 2003 abduction and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST news archive] suspended the trial Monday until October 24, agreeing with the … [read more]

[JURIST] Two generals pleaded not guilty Monday to charges that include torturing prisoners of war and destruction of their property during the Croatian War of Independence [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Mirko Norac and Rahim Ademi [case information, PDF; trial documents] had originally been brought before the UN's International Criminal Tribunal for the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Superior Court of Quebec [official website] has ruled that some 20,000 cattle breeders can proceed with their class action lawsuit [CTV report] against the federal government of Canada for its handling of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) [USDA backgrounder, PDF], otherwise known as "mad cow" disease [CBC backgrounder]. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A White House spokesperson Sunday disputed claims by retired US Army Major General Antonio Taguba [NPR profile] that President Bush "had to be aware" of the prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib [JURIST news archive] before the photos [JURIST report] of US interrogators abusing prisoners surfaced in April 2004, insisting … [read more]

[JURIST] Prominent human rights lawyer Clive Stafford Smith [Reprieve profile] said Sunday he expects detention facilities at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to be closed after US President George Bush leaves office next year, adding that the recent dismissal of military commission charges against detainees Omar Khadr and Salim Ahmed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in three cases Monday, including Credit Suisse First Boston v. Billing [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that federal antitrust laws do not apply to a case where investors filed a class action … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] chair Luis Alfonso de Alba urged the 47-member body Sunday to approve a series of reforms designed to mandate periodic review of all UN member states. De Alba called for the internal rules to be adopted by the conclusion … [read more]

[JURIST] The Japanese Supreme Court [official website] has rejected the appeals of Chinese nationals seeking compensation for being forced to work in Japan as slave laborers [JURIST news archive] during World War II, ruling that Japan's 20-year statute of limitations barred their claims. The 42 original plaintiffs, only half of … [read more]

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