Legal news from Friday, June 29, 2007
18:06 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge at Guantanamo Bay Friday declined to revive charges against Guantanamo detainee Omar Ahmed Khadr [TrialWatch profile; JURIST news archive]. Judge Peter E. Brownback, III reiterated his June ruling [order, PDF] that since the Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD materials] that reviewed Khadr's status had not found [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the European Union [official website] Friday released changes made to the procedure used in establishing and maintaining its list of terrorist entities. The revisions [press release, PDF] include a plan to send "letters of notification" to listed parties, who are subject to having their assets frozen, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Four Sunni members of the Iraqi cabinet will boycott cabinet meetings to protest the arrest warrant [JURIST report] issued for Culture Minister Asad Kamal al-Hashimi, a Sunni politician said Friday. Ayad Al-Samarraie, a leading figure in Sunni parliamentary coalition Iraqi Accordance Front [BBC backgrounder], said that the arrest warrant [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations Security Council called for continued international financial support [press release and statement] of the UN-backed Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday. The 15-member group also welcomed the start of the trial against former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Humanitarian group Refugees International [advocacy website] Friday released a report [PDF text] documenting flaws in Sudanese law that leaves rapists unpunished and allows the prosecution of rape victims [press release] for sex outside marriage. According to the report, government soldiers and sanctioned militias are often the perpetrators, but laws [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled [PDF text] Thursday that immigration reform groups can pursue a lawsuit against Governor Janet Napolitano [official website] alleging her administration improperly limited Proposition 200 [PDF text; JURIST report], a voter-approved ballot initiative that requires proof of citizenship before a person can vote or [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Polish Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski [official profile] vowed Friday to reopen debate on the EU Council of Minister's voting mechanisms, insisting on a different interpretation of the EU reform agreement [JURIST report] reached last Saturday by EU leaders. Kaczynski, who has previously threatened to veto any proposed treaty [JURIST [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] chairman Jerome J. Verdier [official profile] said Friday that the TRC is facing severe financial difficulties [recorded audio] and has fallen three months behind schedule, noting that it has been "very unfortunate that as a truth commission we [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Friday agreed to hear the appeals [order list, PDF] of Guantanamo Bay detainees who are seeking habeas corpus review of their detentions. The Court denied petitions for certiorari [PDF text; JURIST report] in April, but reversed itself Friday:The petitions for [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Standing Committee of China's National People's Congress [official website] adopted a new labor contract law Friday, passing reforms intended to improve workers' rights by formalizing standards in labor contracts, rights of temporary workers, and severance pay privileges. The law, which will enter effect on January 1, 2008, also [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania sentenced [press release] Russian nuclear engineer Mark M. Kaushansky to 15 months in prison Thursday for his participation in a corruption scheme with former Russian Atomic Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile; JURIST news archive]. The two were accused of [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] granted bail Thursday to Shumail Raj and Shahzina Tariq, a same-sex couple sentenced to three years in prison for perjury [JURIST report] by a Lahore high court for "misrepresenting" Raj's sex, and agreed to hear an appeal in the case. Raj underwent [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The United States has renewed pressure [press briefing transcript; recorded video] on Myanmar to release democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi [advocacy website; BBC profile], a US State Department spokesperson said Thursday. Spokesman Tom Casey said that Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Eric [read more]

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