Legal news from Wednesday, December 5, 2007
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge Wednesday denied a request by lawyers for Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] to meet with top terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, citing security concerns. Lawyers had hoped that the suspects, including alleged Sept. 11 architect Khalid [read more]

20:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be sentenced next week for ordering a 2000 warrantless search on the apartment of the wife of former Peruvian Intelligence Director Vladimiro Montesino [BBC profile], according to a Wednesday press release [text, in Spanish] from the Peruvian Supreme [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] Wednesday asked the UN Security Council [ICC press release] to press Sudan to execute outstanding arrest warrants against two Sudanese men accused of crimes against humanity in Darfur [JURIST news archive]. Moreno-Campo said that the government of [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A group of renowned Chinese lawyers and academics Tuesday released an open letter to the Chinese government [text, in Chinese], calling for the end of "re-education" labor camps. The scholars said the camps, originally designed in 1957 to deal with political dissidents, violate the Chinese constitution because sentences are [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Newly declassified court documents show that a Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) at Guantanamo Bay ignored evidence clearing German-born Turkish citizen Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; JURIST news archive] of terrorist connections, the Washington Post reported [text] Wednesday. Kurnaz sued the Department of Defense [JURIST report] in December 2006 [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Pakistani prime ministers Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Benazir Bhutto [personal website; JURIST news archive] are in negotiations to draw up a list of formal demands they say must be met by the government of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website; JURIST news archive] before [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Disgraced Democratic Party fundraiser Norman Hsu [Wikipedia profile] was indicted [press release, PDF] Tuesday on 15 additional counts of mail fraud, wire fraud, and violations of the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA) [text] in connection with a massive alleged Ponzi scheme [SEC backgrounder]. Hsu also allegedly made illegal campaign [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda [official website; BBC profile] Wednesday apologized to the thousands of Japanese women and children abandoned during Japan's retreat from China [Kyoto Journal backgrounder] at the close of World War II, marking the first time that a Japanese leader has apologized for the country's failure [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments Wednesday in the consolidated cases of Boumediene v. Bush (06-1195) [docket; merit briefs] and Al Odah v. United States (06-1196) [docket; merit briefs] on whether detainees at Guantanamo Bay should be allowed to challenge their detentions in [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Investigators in Chad Tuesday completed a criminal probe into French charity Zoe's Ark [advocacy website, in French; BBC backgrounder] for its involvement in an October attempt to airlift 103 alleged Darfur orphans [JURIST news archive] from Chad to Europe, and transferred the case to Chadian prosecutors. According to a [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan Law and Justice Ministry Tuesday announced the formal forced retirement from the Pakistan Supreme Court and other high courts of 37 judges, including ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive], who was replaced immediately after President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 imposition of emergency rule. Acting [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi legislature's failure to pass an oil law [JURIST news archive], rather than the security situation in the country, is preventing international oil corporations from investing in Iraq, US Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt [official profile] said Tuesday. Kimmitt explained that companies are looking for the law to [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee survived a self-inflicted injury last month when he cut open his throat using a sharpened fingernail during his daily shower, Navy Cmdr. Andrew Haynes said Tuesday. The detainee received stitches after losing a substantial amount of blood in what Haynes believed to [read more]

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