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16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women [official website] Friday called for Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archive] to abolish laws that give men complete guardianship over women. Under current Saudi law, women have few or no rights as regards marriage, divorce, child custody, and property ownership. [read more]

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[JURIST] Suspended South Africa police commissioner and former INTERPOL president Jackie Selebi [BBC profile; INTERPOL profile] was provisionally charged [charge sheet, PDF] Friday in a South African regional court with three counts of corruption and one count of defeating the ends of justice. A spokesperson for South Africa's National Prosecuting [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said Friday that it will not reconsider [order, PDF] its July 2007 decision [PDF text; JURIST report] that federal appeals courts reviewing the "enemy combatant" [JURIST news archive] designation of Guantanamo Bay detainees must review all evidence regarding [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Romania [official website] Thursday ruled [PDF text, in Romanian; press release, in Romanian] that parts of the law creating the National Council for the Study of Securitate Archives (CNSAS) are unconstitutional. Head of the Supreme Council of Magistrates Linda Barbulescu said that the court's ruling [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled Thursday that Turkey violated the human rights of two men when police subjected them to inhuman and degrading treatment and then failed to properly investigate their allegations of abuse. In Donmus and Kaplan v. Turkey [DOC text in French, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [PILDAT profile] Friday called for the resignation of Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official website] after being freed from house arrest late Thursday. Ahsan was detained in a security sweep [JURIST report] after Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule [text; JURIST [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on Thursday upheld [PDF text] a district court's dismissal [order, PDF; JURIST report] of a lawsuit against a Massachusetts town that allows its public school system to teach children about same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The appeals court held that [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK military is investigating allegations surrounding the 2004 deaths of 22 Iraqi detainees who may have been in UK custody and the alleged torture of nine other detainees, officials said Thursday after a court-imposed gag order on the probe was lifted. The investigation concerns a 2004 clash between [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian-born financier and former media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive] lost his bid Thursday to remain free on bail pending the appeal of his July conviction [JURIST report] on mail fraud and obstruction of justice charges. In December, Black was sentenced to 78 months in prison [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of judges and lawyers in El Salvador [JURIST news archive] marched to the Supreme Court of Justice [official website] on Thursday to protest challenges that the Attorney General has made to the rulings of four judges. Last week, Attorney General Felix Safie asked the Supreme Court to investigate [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia has been formally arrested and charged with inciting subversion of state power, his lawyer said Friday. His lawyer said that Hu's father had been allowed to visit Hu in jail recently, marking the first contact Hu has had with his family since he [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has charged [press release] a Guantanamo Bay detainee with attempted murder [charge sheet, PDF] and intentionally causing serious bodily harm, the Defense Department said Thursday. Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials], an Afghan national, allegedly threw a grenade at two US soldiers and an interpreter in their vehicle [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] approved a 29 percent pay raise for all federal judges Thursday by a margin of 10-7. If passed by Congress, the Federal Judicial Salary Restoration Act of 2007 [S 1638 materials] would mark the first significant raise federal judges have received since [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Paul Huck ruled Thursday that former Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] will remain in the US until all appeals relating to an extradition request by France have been exhausted. Earlier this month, Huck denied Noriega's request [JURIST report] to block his extradition [read more]

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