Legal news from Sunday, October 14, 2007
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] Erik Prince, founder and owner of private security firm Blackwater USA [corporate website; JURIST news archive], said Sunday that his company welcomes the ongoing US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigation [JURIST report] into the killing of 17 Iraqis last month by a Blackwater security detail. In an interview [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Attorney General Menahem Mazuz [official profile] Sunday ordered a new criminal investigation into the activities of Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] while he was serving as the country's trade minister from 2003-2006. According to a justice ministry statement obtained by AFP, Olmert will face a police investigation [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Saturday called on citizens worldwide to "break the silence" and pressure their governments to help apprehend Sudanese war crimes suspects in Darfur [JURIST archive] for prosecution by the ICC. In an interview [CP article] with the Canadian Press, [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Congressional-Executive Commission on China [official website] has flagged ongoing human rights abuses and the stalled development of the rule of law in China in its latest Annual Report [official report, PDF]. The Commission, consisting of nine US senators, nine House members and five executive appointees, highlighted two [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] General Yasar Buyukanit [official profile], commander of the Turkish Armed Forces, warned Sunday that US-Turkish ties will be permanently damaged if the US House of Representatives passes a resolution [HR 106 materials; PDF text] labeling as genocide the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US military announced Saturday that a former senior officer at the Camp Cropper detention camp in Iraq will face a Baghdad court-martial [press release] beginning Monday on four counts [press release] of violating the United States Code of Military Justice. Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, former commander of [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine law enforcement officers are reluctant to use the powers allocated them in a new anti-terrorism law due to strict punishments provided for rights violations, according to a government security advisor speaking to AP Sunday. The controversial Human Security Act of 2007 [PDF text; press release] was signed [JURIST [read more]

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