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Legal news from Thursday, February 7, 2008
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate and National Assembly [official websites, in French] Thursday approved the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text]. The treaty now goes to French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official profile, in French; BBC profile] for signature. France's [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Federal Court Justice Anne Mactavish Thursday refused to issue an interlocutory injunction [judgment, PDF; summary, PDF] that would have prohibited the Canadian military from turning over detainees to Afghan authorities. Amnesty International Canada and the British Columbia Civil Liberties Association (BCCLA) [advocacy websites] had requested the injunction, alleging [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yukos executive and lawyer Vasily Aleksanian [defense website; statement] will be transferred from jail to a civilian clinic for medical treatment, Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service said Thursday. The announcement apparently reverses a Wednesday Russian court ruling denying Aleksanian temporary medical release [JURIST report]. The European Court of Human [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] Thursday approved the extradition of Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to the United States on charges of supporting terrorism. Abu Hamza, currently serving a seven-year sentence in the UK [JURIST report] for urging his followers to kill Jews [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [Trial Watch profile; DOD materials] argued at a preliminary hearing Thursday that the charges [PDF text] against Hamdan should be dropped because his alleged crimes were not considered violations of the rules of war at the time they were committed [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile] Thursday rejected Democratic calls to launch a Department of Justice (DOJ) probe into the CIA's admitted use of waterboarding [JURIST report] on three terror detainees. In testimony [statement, PDF] before the House Judiciary Committee, Mukasey said that because the CIA had relied [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistani Interior Ministry has arrested two suspects for their alleged involvement in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], officials said Thursday. The two men, identified only as Hasnain and Rafaqat, are said by the Pakistani government to be "two very important [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [PBS backgrounder] asked the Pre-Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to release him from provisional detention Thursday and argued that his prior contact with the court was illegal because he did not [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Chadian President Idriss Deby said Thursday that he is prepared to pardon [recorded audio, in French] six aid workers convicted in Chad in December of attempting to kidnap [JURIST reports] 103 African children. In an interview with Europe-1 radio, Deby said that he was willing to issue a pardon [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian judiciary chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Shahroudi has issued a decree barring judges from ordering the detention of suspects without the filing of formal charges, Iranian media reported Wednesday. Currently, the Iranian Constitution [text] allows suspects to be held for up to 24 hours without charges. The decree also calls [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in the Democratic Republic of Congo [JURIST news archive; ICC materials] arrested former Nationalist and Integrationist Front (FNI) leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui on Wednesday on war crimes and crimes against humanity charges and transferred [press release] him to the International Criminal Court [official website] at The Hague. Ngudjolo [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The lower house of the Canadian parliament passed a new security certificates bill [text] Wednesday by a margin of 196-71 [roll call]. The House of Commons introduced [JURIST report] the bill in October in response to last year's Supreme Court decision [text] that gave it one year to re-write [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The federal judge presiding over the trial of 9/11 conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] was seeking information about the interrogation of Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] around the time the CIA destroyed videotapes of the interrogations [JURIST news archive] of terror suspects, including Zubaydah, according to [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge rejected an argument Wednesday by US Rep. William Jefferson (D-LA) [official profile; JURIST news archive] that an indictment against him unconstitutionally violated the Speech or Debate Clause [text; FindLaw backgrounder], saying that Jefferson has "focused immunity" rather than "expansive immunity" under the clause. Jefferson had argued [read more]

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