Legal news from Monday, November 19, 2007
18:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US military will recommend that an Associated Press (AP) photographer accused of collaborating with Iraqi insurgents be charged in Iraqi courts, a Department of Defense [official website] spokesperson said Monday. AP photographer Bilal Hussein [AP materials] has been in US military custody since April 2006, detained for allegedly [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] California Supreme Court [official website] Chief Justice Ronald George [official profile] proposed a constitutional amendment [PDF text] Monday designed to expedite death penalty appeals by shifting the locus of review from the state supreme court to state appeals courts. The California Supreme Court currently has the authority to transfer [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Uzbek President Islam Karimov [official profile; BBC profile] has registered to run for a third term in office, despite an amendment to the Uzbek constitution [text] limiting presidents to two consecutive terms. Karimov accepted a nomination to run for president earlier this month, but has given no official explanation [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors Monday went to court in a civil lawsuit against Tommy Suharto [BBC report], the youngest son of former President Haji Mohammed Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], in order to recover an alleged $55 million in losses related to a land exchange scam from the mid-1990s. After [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Taiwanese Vice President Annette Lu [official profile] pleaded not guilty Monday as her trial on corruption and forgery charges began in Taipei. The charges [JURIST report] against Lu stem from allegations that she claimed 5.6 million Taiwan dollars in special expenses using more than 1,000 false receipts from December [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court Monday dismissed false accounting charges [JURIST report] against former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], ruling that the statute of limitations had expired. Prosecutors alleged that Berlusconi's broadcasting company, Mediaset [corporate website, in Italian], incorrectly reported its costs in purchasing television rights [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi Deputy Health Minister Hakim al-Zamili and Brigadier General Hameed al-Shimmari will go to trial within days for allegedly channeling millions in government money to the Mehdi Army militia [BBC backgrounder], Iraqi chief prosecutor Ghadanfar Mahmoud told AP Monday. The two high-level officials also allegedly allowed Shiite death [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Almost eight percent more hate crimes were reported in 2006 than the previous year, according to the 2006 Hate Crime Statistics [report; press release] released by the US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) [official website] Monday. Participating local law enforcement agencies reported a total of 7,722 incidents in 2006, [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities in Lahore and Balochistan Monday ordered the release of a number of lawyers arrested earlier this month for protesting [JURIST report] President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule. In Lahore, an anti-terrorism court judge granted bail to 42 lawyers held in various jails, according to [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli cabinet on Monday approved the release of 441 Palestinian prisoners as a gesture of good will toward Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] in preparation for a US-sponsored peace conference [NPR report], scheduled to begin at the end of the month. The release [JURIST report] approved fell [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Sapporo District Court in Japan dismissed a lawsuit Monday filed by 33 people who claimed that the deployment of Japanese troops in Iraq was unconstitutional. According to the Kyodo news agency, the group, which included the late former Deputy Minister of Defense Noboru Minowa, requested that Japan [JURIST [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Oregon Province of the Society of Jesus [official website] has agreed to pay $50 million to settle more than 100 claims of sexual abuse by its Jesuit priests in Alaska. The claims involved 13 or 14 priests and spanned nearly 30 years. As part of the settlement, which [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday arrested [press release] former Khmer Rouge head of state Khieu Samphan following his release from a hospital. Khieu Samphan, who suffered a stroke [NYT report] last week, will appear before investigating judges later [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] has sentenced [press release] former Rwandan mayor Juvenal Rugambarara [TrialWatch profile] to 11 years in prison. Rugambarara pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in July to a single count of extermination, a crime against humanity, as part of a plea deal that [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] The reconstituted Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] Monday dismissed five out of six challenges to the October re-election [JURIST reports] of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] while still serving as chief of Pakistan's army. The court will hear the sixth petition later this week. Among [read more]

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