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20:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court Friday sentenced to death Yakub Memon, the brother of a man suspected of plotting the 1993 Mumbai bombings [BBC backgrounder, for his role in the attack that killed 257 people and injured more than 700 in India's financial center. Memon's brother Tiger Memon [Wikipedia profile] remains [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Congress sent an anti-terror bill [PDF text, HR 1 materials] to President George Bush for signature Friday. The bill, based on recommendations by the 9/11 commission [official website], would transfer funds to states and cities found to be at high risk for terrorist attacks. It also includes [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese Foreign Minister James Huang said Friday that a national referendum [JURIST report] on Taiwan's membership in the United Nations would proceed despite opposition from China. On Monday, the United Nations Office of Legal Affairs rejected Taiwan's fifteenth bid for member state status, reiterating the One-China Policy [Wikipedia backgrounder] [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Sudan said Thursday that it will appeal a US court verdict ordering it to pay $7.96 million in compensation to the families of 17 US Navy personnel killed in the 2000 al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole [Wikipedia backgrounder; US DOD inquiry report; JURIST news [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Thursday that UN officials will not testify [press release] before the East Timorese-Indonesian Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) [official website] because the CTF's terms of reference [text] allow for the possibility of amnesty for the perpetrators of crimes against humanity. Ban, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] Friday urged the Sudanese government to "take all appropriate measures" to guarantee that all state agents, including the military and armed militias, discontinue "widespread and systematic" violations of human rights. The recommendations, presented in the panel's concluding observations [DOC text], also call [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Edward Nottingham Friday sentenced [press release] former Qwest Communications [corporate website; JURIST news archive] CEO Joseph Nacchio to six years in prison and ordered him to pay the maximum $19 million fine and forfeit of $52 million in assets obtained through insider trading. Nacchio, who was [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) confirmed Friday that its Directorate General for Competition [official website] has sent a Statement of Objections (SO) to semiconductor manufacturing giant Intel [corporate website], notifying the company that the EC believes it has abused its dominant position in the x86 architecture [Wikipedia backgrounder] processor market [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] French magistrates have filed preliminary charges of "complicity in slanderous denunciations" against former French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [official profile, in French; JURIST news archive], Villepin's lawyer said Friday. Villepin is accused of ordering a smear campaign against former political rival and current French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The United States and the European Union Thursday signed an agreement [PDF text; EU backgrounder] on the regulation of trans-Atlantic airline passenger data-sharing [JURIST news archive], allowing the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] to continue using passenger data [DHS press release] when the existing interim agreement [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Nigerian court sentenced former state governor Dieprieye Alamieyeseigha [BBC profile] Thursday to a total of 12 years in prison after Alamieyeseigha pleaded guilty to six counts of corruption and money laundering. Alamieyeseigha, who governed the oil-rich Bayelsa state [official website] from 1999 to 2005, has spent almost two [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush signed the Foreign Investment and National Security Act of 2007 [PDF text; HR 556 materials] Thursday, expanding the investigative scope [press release] of the Treasury Department's Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] to include foreign investments in [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Director of Public Prosecutions Damian Bugg [official profile] ordered the dismissal of a terror charge [JURIST report] against Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive] Friday. Bugg said that after personally reviewing all materials [JURIST report] in the case, there was insufficient evidence [press release] to establish that Haneef [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former South Africa President F.W. de Klerk [official profile] on Thursday denied having knowledge of or participating in crimes against opposition members [press release, DOC] while he was in office during the apartheid era, adding that South Africa should "look at the future" and refrain from engaging "persecution and [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller on Thursday contradicted testimony given by US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales earlier this week concerning a 2004 discussion of intelligence activities. Mueller testified before the House Judiciary Committee [hearing materials] Thursday that there was dissent within the administration concerning the National Security Agency's domestic surveillance [read more]

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