Legal news from Friday, January 11, 2008
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) [official website] of South Africa will charge Jackie Selebi [official profile], chief of the South African Police Services (SAPS) [official website] and President of INTERPOL [official website], with corruption and defeating the course of justice, a NPA spokesman said Friday. Selebi's charges relate to [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into a survivor organization formed after the 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to the organization's chairwoman, quoted by AP Friday. The Voice of Beslan [advocacy website, in Russian], is accused of extremist activity [JURIST report]. Prosecutors point [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted certiorari in four cases [order list, PDF], including Davis v. Federal Election Commission (07-320) [docket], in which the Court will consider whether the so-called millionaire's amendment [FEC backgrounder], part of a 2002 campaign finance law that allows [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts [official website] Friday convicted three former leaders of defunct Muslim charity Care International Inc. (not to be confused with CARE [advocacy website]) were convicted Friday of illegally obtaining tax-exempt status by hiding the group's pro-jihad activities. [read more]

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[JURIST] Seventy-one people were arrested at the US Supreme Court [official website] Friday during a protest calling for the closing of the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST news archive]. Protesters were arrested inside and outside the building and charged with violating an ordinance that bars demonstrations of [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The ACLU of Michigan [advocacy website] filed a federal suit Friday challenging a Michigan election law that limits access to information on presidential primary voters to the Democratic and Republican parties. The complaint [text, PDF] alleges that Section 615c [text] of the Michigan Election Law [text] is unconstitutional because [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled [PDF text] Friday that four former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees do not have the right to sue high-ranking government officials for alleged torture and infringement of religious practice during their captivity. UK citizens Shafiq Rasul, [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] Friday issued a final rule [text; DHS backgrounder] establishing new minimum standards [press release] for state-issued identification cards under the Real ID Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive]. DHS will phase in the heightened requirements between 2011 and 2017. Opponents [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya's main opposition party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) [party website], Friday called for three days of protests over the disputed re-election [JURIST report] of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile]. More than 500 people have already died in violent demonstrations since Kibaki's re-election at the end of December. [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] wants the US to close the Cuba-based detention center, Hicks' father told a rally in Australia Friday. Hicks fears that the remaining detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] will be held indefinitely without charge and without due process, according [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Japan's parliament approved new anti-terror legislation [JURIST report] Friday that will grant an extension to a Japanese refueling mission in the Indian Ocean. The Liberal Democratic Party (LDP) [official website, in Japanese], led by Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda [official website], used its two-thirds majority in the parliament's lower house [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Army Lt. Col. Steven L. Jordan [CBS profile; JURIST news archive], whose conviction relating to the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal [JURIST news archive] was thrown out [JURIST report] earlier this week, told AP Thursday that the investigation into the scandal did not adequately scrutinize those involved. Jordan [read more]

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