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Legal news from Monday, February 4, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Cambodian Foreign Minister Ieng Sary [JURIST news archive], accused of war crimes and crimes against humanity for his role in the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] communist regime of the 1970s, was hospitalized Monday for a urinary tract problem. A spokesman for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing the families of 17 US Navy personnel killed in the 2000 al Qaeda attack [US DOD inquiry report; JURIST news archive] on the USS Cole [official website] have filed court papers asking US District Judge Robert G. Doumar of the US District Court for the Eastern District [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A UK jury Monday sentenced five men to prison terms ranging from seven to 17 years for aiding the perpetrators of the failed July 21, 2005 bomb attacks on London's transit system [JURIST news archive] evade arrest. Ismail Abdurahman, Muhedin Ali, Siraj Ali, Wahbi Mohammed, and Abdul Sherif were [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] Monday called for Kenya [JURIST news archive] to establish a truth and reconciliation commission in hopes of soothing underlying social and ethnic pressures that erupted into violence in the wake of January's disputed presidential election [JURIST report]. Annan is currently in the [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Four Kurds accused in Syria of separatism were sentenced to up to 10 years in prison by Syria's Supreme State Security Court (SSSC), independent rights group National Organization for Human Rights in Syria [advocacy website] said Monday. Two of the men, Hamid Suleiman Mohammed and Adnan Muwaymesh, were sentenced [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for British national Simon Mann [BBC profile], alleged to have plotted a coup against Equatorial Guinea President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo [BBC profile] in 2004, accused Zimbabwean officials Monday of criminal conspiracy to kidnap after Mann was reportedly deported to Equatorial Guinea in secret before his appeal [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate and National Assembly [official websites, in French] voted 560-181 at a special parliamentary session Monday to pass an amendment [text, in French] to the French Constitution [text, English version] that paves the way for France to adopt the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] Monday argued that the US military commission responsible for trying him lacks jurisdiction over the case [motions, PDF], saying that Khadr did not commit a war crime by allegedly throwing a grenade that killed one US soldier [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] said Monday that new EU members Bulgaria and Romania must do more to achieve judicial reform and fight corruption and organized crime. An interim report on Bulgaria [PDF text; summary] criticized Bulgarian efforts to counter high-level corruption and organized crime for not demonstrating [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court on Monday rejected the appeal of exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Berezovsky has been sentenced to six years in prison, after being found guilty [JURIST report] last November of embezzling 214 million rubles from Russian national airline Aeroflot. Berezovsky was [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [PBS backgrounder] made his first public appearance before the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday, though the court quickly adjourned the pre-trial hearing. The adjournment was due to a dispute over Nuon Chea's Dutch [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Monday ordered the release of 10 suspected terrorists accused of participating in a plot to bomb the Spanish National Court in Madrid, several days before the court is scheduled to announce the verdicts and sentences of all 30 suspected conspirators [BBC report] on charges of [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Indonesia on Monday announced it will consider a second appeal of the convictions of three men found responsible at trial for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder]. The Supreme Court ordered a lower district court to assemble a panel of judges to review the [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladesh trial judge on Monday adjourned proceedings and admonished defense lawyers for former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wajed [party profile; JURIST archive] after they accused the judge of partiality in open court for refusing to allow cross examination of the main witness against Hasina. The witness is [read more]

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