Legal news from Monday, February 11, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] on Monday sharply criticized the Cambodian government for forcibly evicting impoverished citizens from their homes to make way for tourism development and infrastructure projects. In a report [text; press release] entitled "Rights Razed - Forced Evictions in Cambodia," Amnesty said that since 2003 nearly 30,000 [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] A nine-member judicial committee of the UK House of Lords heard testimony Monday in the case of two mothers of soldiers killed in Iraq who are seeking to force the British government to hold a public inquiry into the UK's decision to go to war in Iraq [JURIST report]. [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A former Chinese-American engineer at Boeing [corporate website] was arrested [DOJ press release] Monday for allegedly stealing corporate trade secrets related to the Space Shuttle and other aerospace programs and turning them over to China [JURIST news archive]. Dongfan "Greg" Chung was indicted [PDF text] last Wednesday on charges [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge John Walter of the Central District of California on Monday sentenced former Milberg Weiss [firm website] partner William Lerach to two years in prison for his part in the firm's illegal kickback scheme [WSJ backgrounder]. Lerach pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to obstruct justice after [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian appeals court Monday overturned the jail sentence [JURIST report] of an Al Jazeera [media website] television reporter convicted for her role in producing a film on police torture. Howayda Taha [AELME profile] was tried in May 2007; she was sentenced in absentia to six months in prison [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Jailed Russian oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] ended a nearly two-week long hunger strike Monday as former Yukos executive and lawyer Vasily Aleksanian [defense website; JURIST news archive] was confirmed to have been transferred to a Moscow hospital for treatment. Khodorkovsky began his hunger strike [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Estonia has signed an enforcement of sentences agreement [PDF text] with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] to allow ICTY convicts to be held in Estonian prisons, the ICTY announced [press release] Monday. Under the agreement, ICTY suspects who are held [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Congolese Nationalist and Integrationist Front leader Mathieu Ngudjolo Chui [ICC materials] on Monday appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [press release] at The Hague for the first time. The public hearing allowed judges to verify Ngudjolo Chui's identity and to read his arrest warrant [PDF text] for [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of Rwanda [official website] Monday urged the international community and Interpol [official website] to ignore arrest warrants [JURIST report] issued last week for 40 Rwandan military officers by Spanish National Court Judge Fernando Andreu, saying the warrants were based on "falsehoods" from [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two opposition groups in Myanmar, the 88 Generation Students [Asia Times backgrounder] and the National League for Democracy (NLD) [Wikipedia backgrounder], on Monday urged citizens to reject a proposed constitutional referendum put forth by Myanmar's military government. In a statement to Reuters, the 88 Generation Students called the proposal [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) [profession website] on Monday launched a new nationwide boycott of the courts to protest President Pervez Musharraf's November ouster of Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and to demand his reinstatement and that of other ousted superior court judges. [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A multi-party coalition of Japanese parliamentarians said Monday that they have drafted a bill proposing a four-year moratorium on the death penalty and giving convicts already on death row life sentences without the possibility of parole. The bill is likely to face opposition from Japanese Minister of Justice Kunio [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish police on Monday arrested 13 suspected members of Batasuna [BBC backgrounder], the banned political arm of the armed Basque separatist group ETA [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], one month before Spain's March general elections. The same Spanish National Court judge who ordered Monday's arrests last week banned [JURIST [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Pentagon is expected to announce Monday that military prosecutors will seek the death penalty against six Guantanamo detainees accused of involvement in the Sept. 11 terror attacks, according to government sources speaking on condition of anonymity. Under the 2006 Military Commissions Act (MCA) [PDF text], the convening authority [read more]

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