Legal news from Thursday, October 11, 2007
18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] Magistrate Tinashe Ndokera on Thursday denied a motion by eleven white farmers to have their state-sponsored eviction notices thrown out, and instead ordered the men to stand trial for failing to vacate their property by the notices' September 30 deadline [VOA report]. David Drury, a [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US military is reviewing its classification of hundreds of detainees at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base [JURIST news archive] in Cuba, according to the Associated Press Thursday. The review could allow for new hearings for inmates who were classified as "enemy combatants" [JURIST news archive] and a reduction in [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Turkey [JURIST news archive] Thursday convicted Arat Dink, editor of the Armenian newspaper Agos [media website, in Turkish] and son of the late Armenian journalist Hrant Dink [BBC profile], of violating Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of the Turkish penal code [text, in Turkish], [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] Members of parliament in Nepal [JURIST news archive] opened debate at a special session Thursday to address the status of King Gyanendra [BBC profile] and the Nepalese monarchy. The Communist Party of Nepal - Maoists (CPN-M) [party website] reiterated their desire for the monarchy to be dissolved immediately. The [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Defense lawyers representing Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi [CNN profile], the only person convicted in the 1998 bombing of a Pan Am flight 103 [Wikipedia backgrounder] over Lockerbie, Scotland, Thursday requested access to evidence not previously provided to them that they claim could be used to clear al-Megrahi. Specifically, they [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Information Minister Laurent Nkusi said Thursday that the government of Rwanda has completed setting up a commission charged with investigating the 1994 assassination of then-Rwandan President Juvenal Habyarimana [Britannica profile]. The downing of the plane carrying the Hutu leader sparked the 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder] in which more [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish lawmakers have reportedly come to an agreement on the text of the proposed anti-Franco Law for the Recovery of the Historical Memory [JURIST report] presented to the Spanish Parliament. The legislation is aimed at healing the social wounds from the authoritarian regime of Gen. Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder; [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights [official website] filed a lawsuit against private security contractor Blackwater USA [corporate website] Thursday on behalf of an injured survivor and the families of 3 men killed during a September 16 shooting incident in Baghdad [JURIST report] that took the lives of [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Corruption in China's ruling Communist Party [JURIST news archive] could ultimately result in political and economic destabilization within the country [press release], according to a new report [PDF text] from the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace [think tank website]. The report, written by Carnegie Endowment Senior Associate Minxin Pei [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The number of extrajudicial killings in Colombia [JURIST news archive] at the hands of the Colombian military has almost doubled since 1997, according to a new report [related report, in Spanish] by a international conglomerate of human rights workers. The International Observation Mission on Extrajudicial Executions and Impunity in [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] President Abdullah Gul of Turkey blasted the US House Foreign Relations Committee Thursday for approving [JURIST report] a resolution [text] declaring the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers [ANI backgrounder; Turkish DC Embassy backgrounder] genocide. Gul released a statement [text] on the resolution:It's [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's National Court will announce verdicts and sentences for the 28 defendants in the 2004 Madrid train bombing case [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on October 31, a court spokesperson said Wednesday. The 28 defendants [BBC backgrounder], mostly of Moroccan descent, were charged with 192 counts of murder and [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile; JURIST news archive] has hired an attorney as the DOJ and the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR) continue their investigations [JURIST report] into allegations that Gonzales may have perjured himself [JURIST report] before Congress. Gonzales hired former DOJ second-in-command George Terwilliger [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US government should investigate and, if necessary, prosecute private contractors for killing Iraqis without cause, the United Nations Assistance Mission in Iraq (UNAMI) said in a report [text] released Thursday. The UNAMI report warns the US that employing private contractors to provide security in high-tension areas impermissably blurs [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday granted a temporary restraining order sought by two environmental advocacy groups to enjoin the Bureau of Land Management from building a 1.5 mile US-Mexico border fence over the San Pedro river until an appropriate environmental impact assessment is completed. US District Judge Ellen Segal [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Illinois pharmacists who morally object to dispensing Plan B, the "morning-after" pill, will be permitted to refuse to fill prescriptions for the drug but must work with another pharmacist by phone to dispense the contraceptive, under a settlement submitted to an Illinois legislative panel on Thursday. Pharmacists sued the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on Wednesday voted to advance the RESTORE Act of 2007 ("Responsible Electronic Surveillance That is Overseen, Reviewed and Effective Act of 2007") [draft text, PDF; summary, PDF], introduced [JURIST report] by House democrats on Tuesday, with several minor changes. The RESTORE Act [read more]

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