Legal news from Friday, September 21, 2007
19:09 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have charged a suspect as an accomplice in the murder of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [JURIST news archive], Russian news agency Interfax reported Friday. Shamil Burayev, a one-time district head in the southern Russian republic of Chechnya and former presidential candidate, was arrested [JURIST report] earlier this [read more]

17:09 EDT

[JURIST] The North Carolina Medical Board [official website] does not have the authority to discipline doctors that participate in state death penalty [JURIST news archive] procedures, a state judge ruled [PDF text] Friday. Wake County Superior Court Judge Donald Stephens held that state requirements that a physician be in attendance [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese prosecutors Friday indicted Vice President Annette Lu [official profile] and two other leading members of the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) [party website] on charges of corruption and forgery. Lu, DPP Chairman Yu Shyi-kun, and former foreign minister Chen Tan-sun are accused of using their positions as public [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch government will not hold a general referendum on the proposed EU Reform Treaty [PDF text; EU materials], Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [official profile] said Friday. Balkenende said the referendum was unnecessary because the new EU treaty had "no constitutional aspirations." The Dutch Parliament [official website] could [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Federal investigators are probing allegations of fraud and corruption related to $6 billion in military contracts in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a Pentagon official testifying before the House Armed Services Committee [official website] Thursday. At the hearing [recorded audio], Principal Deputy Inspector General at the Department of Defense [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund [advocacy website] Thursday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release, PDF] against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] on behalf of several families who say that ICE agents violently raided their homes without first obtaining court warrants. The [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The South African Supreme Court of Appeal [official website] heard arguments Friday in the corruption case against former South African Deputy President Jacob Zuma [advocacy website; party profile]. The South African Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] alleges that Zuma received bribes from arms manufacturer Thint, a subsidiary of the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Chile ruled [PDF text; press release] Friday that former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive] should be extradited to Peru to face human rights charges. The much anticipated decision was expected earlier this month, but suffered delays [JURIST report] due to the [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [GenocideWatch report] has disputed charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, according to his detention order [PDF text], published Friday by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Chea, who was arrested and charged [statement, [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh [JURIST news archive] suspended publication of weekly satire magazine Alpin Friday after hundreds of Bangladeshi Muslims protested the publication of a cartoon depicting a young boy and his "Muhammad cat," saying the cartoon ridiculed the Muslim prophet Muhammad. Protesters burned copies of Prothom Alo [media website, in Bangladeshi], [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] German police have arrested Augustin Ngirabatware, a former Rwandan minister suspected of genocide in the 1994 Rwanda conflict [BBC backgrounder] between Hutus and Tutsis, German officials announced Thursday. The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] accuses Ngirabatware of conspiracy to commit genocide, genocide, and complicity in genocide. [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] is pushing world leaders to place the prosecution of war crimes in the Darfur region of Sudan on top of the agenda [press release] at a UN meeting on Darfur taking place Friday. In a press briefing [read more]

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