Legal news from Friday, September 28, 2007
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda [official website; BBC report], the newly elected successor to former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [JURIST news archive], said Friday that he plans to submit a new anti-terrorism law to parliament that will allow Japan to continue to refuel allied ships in the Indian Ocean [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] Thursday refused to sign a bill [JURIST report] that would have limited the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission (KACC) [official website] to only investigating crimes committed after 2003. The amendment, deleting portions of the 2003 Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act [text], would have made it [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A military panel Friday found US Army Spc. Jorge G. Sandoval not guilty of murder in the shooting deaths of three unarmed Iraqis but convicted him of planting evidence to cover up the shootings. Sandoval, along with Staff Sgt. Michael A. Hensley and Sgt. Evan Vela, was charged [press [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Cuba [JURIST news archive] Thursday detained at least forty protesters who gathered outside the Ministry of Justice to demand humane treatment for the country's estimated 250 political prisoners. All but one of those detained were released on Friday, but former political prisoner Jose Luis Garcia Perez, [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Over 1,000 demonstrators faced off with riot police in Lima, Peru Thursday, demanding the release of former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Fujimori was extradited [JURIST report] to Peru Saturday following the Supreme Court of Chile's decision [JURIST report] last week that Fujimori should be [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Philippines [JURIST news archive] has used an immigration blacklist [PDF list; HRW press release], consisting of 504 people allegedly linked to al Qaeda or the Taliban, to ban its critics from entering the country, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Friday. The Philippines government [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US will donate $5 million [remarks text] to the UN-backed tribunal established to investigate and try suspects in the 2005 murder of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad announced Thursday. Khalilzad said the financial supportreflects our commitment [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] dismissed legal challenges [JURIST report] Friday to a bid by current Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] to run for another term as president while still serving as chief of the Pakistani army. The challengers had also opposed Musharraf's bid to avoid [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense has formally allowed fourteen "high-value" terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] the right to request lawyers, the Washington Post reported Friday. The move could pave the way for the "high-value" detainees to challenge their status as enemy combatants in the US [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three senior Bush administration officials urged the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] to approve the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea [UN materials] Thursday. Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte, Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England and Vice Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Patrick Walsh [statements, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] An east Siberian court Friday ruled that former Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] should remain in custody for another three months in order to prevent him from obstructing a new investigation into Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website]. Russian prosecutors are [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued a stay of execution [order, PDF] Thursday for a a Texas inmate just hours before he was scheduled to be executed. Earlier this week, the Court granted certiorari [JURIST report] in Baze v. Rees (07-5439) [docket; cert. petition], where [read more]

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