Legal news from Monday, July 9, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] German Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble [BBC News profile; personal website, in German] said it was imperative not to underplay the gravity of terrorist threats and raised the possibility of "targeted killings" of terror suspects like Osama Bin Laden and the indefinite detention of others in a controversial interview [text, [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Alaska state Representative Tom Anderson [official profile] was convicted Monday on seven counts of bribery and corruption by an Anchorage federal jury. Anderson, a Republican, was accused of accepting nearly $26,000 he believed to be from private correctional facilities firm Cornell Industries, Inc. [corporate website] in exchange for [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian police arrested twenty people near the Iraqi border on suspicion of participating in an international spy ring, according to state news agency IRNA [official website, in Persian] Monday. The arrests come several months after the Iranian government first accused four Iranian-Americans [JURIST news archive] of belonging to a [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba [Wikipedia profile] Monday challenged the $58 million (USD) fine imposed upon him [opinion text; Xinhua report] last month by a London judge, asking a Zambian court to throw out the fine because the UK court had no jurisdiction over Zambian affairs. Last month, High [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] has arrested more than 1300 shop owners and managers who refused to comply with price controls imposed more than two weeks ago [AP report], according to Monday police reports. On June 26, Industry Minister Obert Mpofu ordered the prices of all goods [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The constitutional scholars who drafted the interim Palestinian constitution spoke out against Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday, saying that although Abbas had the right to dismiss former Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh [BBC profile], he acted against the constitution [Reuters report and statement] [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] An English court Monday found four men guilty for plotting the failed bomb attacks on London's subway and bus systems [JURIST news archive] on July 21, 2005, two weeks after a similar attack [JURIST news archive] killed 52 people. The jury at the Woolrich Crown Court unanimously found Muktar [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ethiopian prosecutors Monday sought the death penalty against 38 opposition members convicted in June of treason and inciting violence for their roles in mass anti-government demonstrations [JURIST reports], saying that the defendants have not demonstrated remorse and therefore should be subjected to the harshest punishment. The opposition members, most [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) [official website] have charged two men with murder [press release; Q&A] for their role in the 2005 shooting deaths of four Mounties in an Alberta ambush [JURIST report; Wikipedia backgrounder], the highest death toll suffered by Canada's national police force in over 100 [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] House Judiciary Chairman Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) [official website] urged the White House Monday to waive executive privilege concerning its decision to commute the prison sentence for I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive], saying that the House Judiciary Committee [official website] will hold a hearing Wednesday [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines (CBCP) [organization website] Monday urged the Filipino government [press release] to revisit the controversial 2007 Human Security Act [press release], saying that "many voices are apprehensive" about the anti-terror legislation. Critics say the law defines terrorism too loosely and gives government authorities [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The White House Monday renewed and elaborated its assertion of executive privilege [JURIST report] as regards testimony and materials wanted by Congressional investigators in connection with the US Attorney firings controversy [JURIST news archive]. In a letter [PDF text] to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and House [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] New French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile; BBC profile] said in an interview [transcript] published Sunday by the French newspaper Journal du Dimanche [media website] that he will not continue with the tradition of granting mass pardons on Bastille Day, adding that he will not use pardons as a [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Japanese "war orphans" [JURIST news archive], children abandoned in China [Kyoto Journal backgrounder] after World War II, have accepted an aid proposal from the Japanese government in exchange for abandoning all compensation claims, government spokesperson Yasuhisa Shiozaki [official website] announced Monday. The aid proposal will increase the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors filed a civil action against former President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile] Monday, alleging that Suharto embezzled $440 million from the Yayasan Supersemar, a state-funded academic scholarship fund, between 1974 and 1998. The suit, which seeks to recover the $440 million and an additional $1.1 billion in [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Supreme People's Court and the Supreme People's Procuratorate [official websites] jointly published new rules [text, in Chinese] Sunday which broaden the definition of bribery to encompass arrangements where officials do not personally receive money, gifts, or favors and close legal loopholes where family members and other third [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations observer overseeing the Lockerbie trial, Dr. Hans Koechler, has called for a probe into UK and US handling of the investigation of the 1988 bombing of Pan Am 103 [Wikipedia backgrounder] over the Scottish village of Lockerbie. The Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission last week granted [read more]

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