Legal news from Saturday, February 9, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of conversations between lawyers and their incarcerated clients have been secretly taped by British police, according to a report in the UK Telegraph daily published Saturday. The tapings came to light after a a former police detective revealed that he had recorded conversations in 2005 and 2006 between [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] announced in a television broadcast Saturday that it will hold a constitutional referendum in May, with multi-party elections to follow in 2010. Last September a National Convention originally called in 1993 concluded [JURIST report] work on guidelines for a new national [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website; JURIST news archive] said Friday that waterboarding [JURIST news archive] is clearly torture, echoing comments Wednesday by UN Special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak [official website; JURIST news archive], who sharply criticized the White House for defending the use [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A former Senior Advisor for Legislative Framework in the Iraq Reconstruction Management Office set to depart from the US embassy in Baghdad after a year-long posting told US Ambassador Ryan Crocker [official profile] in a memo [PDF text] obtained by Fox News and published Friday that US officials in [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] announced Friday that two more Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been charged with war crimes. Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul [DOD press release], alleged to be Osama bin Laden's personal assistant and media secretary, is charged [charge sheet] with [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Grand National Assembly of Turkey [official website] Saturday formally passed the first of two proposed amendments to the country's constitution [text] that would ease a current ban on Islamic headscarves [JURIST report] and allow women to wear headscarves in universities. The measure, which passed by a final vote [read more]

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