Legal news from Monday, July 2, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation (FSB) [official website, in Russian] has charged Russian billionaire Boris Berezovsky [JURIST news archive] on suspicion of plotting a violent coup against President Vladimir Putin, Berezovsky's lawyer said Monday. The charge is related to an interview [Guardian report] Berezovsky gave to [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Rabei Osman el Sayed [CBC profile], the alleged mastermind behind the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive], demanded Monday that Osman be acquitted, accusing prosecutors of trying to convict him "based on nothing, and with an astounding frivolousness." El Sayed was convicted in Italy [JURIST report] [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush spared former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] from prison Monday, commuting his punishment [Grant of Executive Clemency; statement] to the $250,000 fine and the two years of supervised release ordered by the court. Bush said that although he [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of suspects [JURIST report] allegedly involved in the January murder [JURIST report] of Armenian journalist Hrant Dink [BBC profile] began in Turkey [JURIST news archive] on Monday, with several humanitarian groups calling the case a "test" for the Turkish judiciary. Amnesty International [advocacy website] called for authorities [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit Monday against Russian deputy chief prosecutor Viktor Grin and prosecutor Salavat Karimov, alleging that the two officials are ignoring a March court order [JURIST report] to transfer Khodorkovsky from a Siberian penal colony in [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Multinational Force-Iraq (MNF-I) [official website] announced Monday that US Army Sgt. Evan Vela has been charged [press release] with premeditated murder, obstruction of justice, wrongfully placing weapons with the remains of deceased Iraqis, and making a false official statement in connection with the killing of three unarmed Iraqis [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Monday unanimously denied [order, PDF] a motion by former US vice presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] to delay his prison sentence [JURIST report] pending appeal. The appeals court found that Libby [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Israeli nuclear technician Mordechai Vanunu [personal website; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to 6 months in prison Monday after being convicted [JURIST report] of violating the terms of his parole by granting interviews to foreign media. Vanunu spent 18 years in an Israeli prison after being convicted of [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] tossed out "vexatious and scandalous" evidence introduced by the government in the case of suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] and rebuked prosecutors Monday, ordering the Intelligence Bureau (IB) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] to search the high court and [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Israeli President Moshe Katsav [BBC profile] Monday defended a controversial plea agreement [JURIST report] in which Katsav is to plead guilty to lesser sex charges in exchange for a suspended sentence and the dropping of rape charges [JURIST report], accusing critics who have filed a legal [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] On Monday, UK Home Secretary Jacqui Smith [official website] told the British Parliament [official website] that investigating last week's terror incidents in London and at the Glasgow International Airport [official website] are the government's top priority [press release], and confirmed that two additional suspects from the Glasgow area have [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Kevin Andrews [official website], Australia's minister for immigration and citizenship, said Monday that the Department of Immigration and Citizenship (DIAC) [official website] is considering remedial action [press release], including providing financial compensation to 247 individuals found to be wrongfully detained or deported by the DIAC between 1993 and 2007. [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian Supreme Court held a hearing Sunday in the case of murdered Iranian-Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi [CBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on an appeal of a lower court order that the case be reopened. Kazemi's family argued that there hasn't been an adequate investigation into her death and [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) said Sunday that he is prepared to initiate a Senate vote to hold officials in the White House, the Vice President's office, and the Department of Justice in contempt of Congress if they refuse to cooperate with congressional subpoenas [JURIST report] [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian rocket attacks against Israeli civilians and Israeli military reprisals "constitute serious violations of the laws of war" [press release], according to a report [PDF text] released Sunday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report found that Palestinian militant groups, including Hamas, Islamic Jihad, Al-Aqsa Martyr Brigades, [read more]

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