Legal news from Thursday, August 23, 2007
17:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Austrian writer wanted for denying the Holocaust was arrested Thursday by Spanish police in Malaga, Spain. Gerd Honsik [Wikipedia profile] was convicted of neo-Nazi activities in his native Austria in 1992 and sentenced to 1 1/2 years in prison, but fled to Spain to avoid jail time. Honsik [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The man who shot former Alabama Governor George Wallace [ADAH profile] in 1972 will be released from prison this year, after serving 35 years of a 53-year sentence, a prison official said Thursday. Arthur Bremer [PBS profile] is scheduled to leave prison on December 16, although he may be [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Wednesday agreed to reconsider [order, PDF] its June ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] that the military cannot seize and imprison civilians lawfully residing in the United States and detain them as "enemy combatants" [JURIST news archive]. In June, the [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], also known as Chemical Ali, personally killed at least 15 men suspected of participating in a Shi'a uprising [HRW backgrounder] in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War, according to testimony offered [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Tribunal [official website], Switzerland's supreme court, ruled Thursday that Swiss authorities cannot hand over to Russia financial documents linked to Russian oil giant Yukos [corporate website; JURIST news archive], finding that the Russian prosecution of former Yukos owner Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] has refused to sign a bill [press release] that would give courts the authority to force journalists to disclose confidential sources. The Media Bill 2007 also establishes an independent council to adjudicate complaints against the media, but Kibaki specifically objected Wednesday to clause [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Japan's national bar association Thursday criticized the execution of three death row inmates and called for a moratorium on the death penalty [press release, in Japanese] until new safeguards can be enacted to prevent wrongful executions based on dubious evidence. The Federation of Bar Associations [group website] said that [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney Bradley Schlozman [official profile], alleged to have improperly influenced decisions to prosecute voter fraud, has resigned his post in the Executive Office of US Attorneys at the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website], DOJ spokesman Brian Roehrkasse said Wednesday. Schlozman, who previously had served as acting [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A fistfight broke out between lawmakers in the Bolivian legislature [official site, in Spanish] Wednesday as opposition leaders tried to prevent lawmakers loyal to Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website, in Spanish; BBC profile] from bringing charges against four Constitutional Tribunal justices for overstepping their authority. The dispute, the [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] ruled Thursday that former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] can return to the country, effectively ending the 10-year exile imposed after Sharif was deposed in a military coup led by current Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile]. In its [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's draft Truth and Reconciliation Commission Bill of 2007 does not meet international legal standards [press release] as currently drafted, Human Rights Watch and the International Commission for Jurists [advocacy websites] said Wednesday. The groups called the bill "seriously flawed" and said that it does not meet standards set [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Attorney General Anne Milgram [official profile] issued a directive [PDF text] Wednesday to state law enforcement agencies ordering them to alert US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] officials when an undocumented immigrant is arrested in the state. Milgram wrote that:After an individual has been arrested [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of human rights groups in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that if human rights abuses continue to occur in Zimbabwe at the high pace they have in the first half of the year, 2007 will be the worst year on record since the country entered an [read more]

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