Legal news from Monday, February 18, 2008
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan Police Director German Chupina, one of eight high ranking government and military officers charged [JURIST report] in Spain with genocide, torture, and other crimes against humanity, died Sunday at the age of 86. In December, a Guatemalan court ruled [JURIST report] that the eight men, including former [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan [JURIST news archive] held rescheduled parliamentary elections Monday, after a month-long postponement [JURIST report] following the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Final tallies are expected in the next few days, although initial results suggest some gains by opposition parties, which have [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Incarcerated former Yukos executive and lawyer Vasily Aleksanian [defense website] has been kept chained to his bed [press release] since his transfer to a Moscow hospital [JURIST report] for medical treatment earlier this month, his lawyer said Monday. Aleksanian was initially denied medical transfer by Russian authorities, despite three [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] imposing restrictions on uncharged suspects under the Prevention of Terrorism Act 2005 [UK Home Office materials] should not exceed two years in duration except under extraordinary circumstances, the UK's counter-terrorism law ombudsman said in his third annual report [PDF text; press release] [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The United States and several key European Union powers formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign state Monday, one day after the Assembly of Kosovo unilaterally declared Kosovo's independence [text; JURIST report] from Serbia. US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice issued a statement [text] on behalf of the United States [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday criticized Nepal [press release, PDF] for failing to hold military and government officials accountable for human rights abuses. Arbour spoke on the anniversary of the 2004 death of a 15-year-old-girl [Nepali Times report] who [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A tentative agreement between the Israeli government and Hamas [BBC backgrounder] for the release of captured Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit [Times backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has been hindered by disagreements over the identity of the Palestinian prisoners to be released in exchange for Shalit, Israeli Army Radio reported Monday. [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A number of Canadian politicians are urging the Canadian parliament to pass new legislation aimed at permitting the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) [official website] to conduct surveillance on Canadian citizens outside Canada in the wake of a controversial court ruling [JURIST report] issued Friday which declined to assert [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian police on Sunday arrested 51 members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder], most of whom were expected to run in upcoming provincial council elections scheduled for April 8 [MB report]. Egypt's provincial councils administer local municipal government services. These municipal elections were originally scheduled for [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian Interior Ministry on Monday filed treason charges against Kosovar Prime Minister Hashim Thaci [official website, in Albanian; BBC profile], President Fatmir Sejdiu [official website, in Albanian], and Speaker of Parliament Jakup Krasniqi, for their role in organizing the Assembly of Kosovo's Sunday declaration of independence from Serbia [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A new foreign intelligence surveillance bill is needed to ensure that the US intelligence community has "the agility and the speed that we had before" to capture terrorist communications in the war on terror, US Director of National Intelligence Mike McConnell [official profile] said Sunday in an interview [transcript] [read more]

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