Legal news from Saturday, December 22, 2007
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Friday signed into law [press release] a bill that will allow the federal government to prosecute individuals in the US suspected of genocide abroad. The Genocide Accountability Act of 2007 [text, PDF] modifies Section 1091, Title 18 USC [text], which had limited genocide prosecution [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Department of Defense said Friday that newly charged Saudi Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi is the brother-in-law of Khalid al Mihdhar [press release], one of the 9/11 hijackers. Mihdhar was on American Airlines Flight 77 [Wikipedia backgrounder], the plane that hit the Pentagon. [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of former 9/11 Commission [official website] members say the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) withheld videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects, possibly violating federal law. According to a Saturday New York Times report, the panel began to review documents [PDF text] concerning the matter after it was [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], apologized Friday for his role in two massacres which occurred during his administration in the early 1990s. Fujimori's apology came during his trial on murder and kidnapping charges [JURIST report] stemming from the military killings of 25 people in [read more]

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