Legal news from Wednesday, March 5, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense said Wednesday that two charges have been referred [PDF text; press release] against Guantanamo Bay detainee Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi [DOD materials; GlobalSecurity profile]. The military commission charges referred are "providing material support to terrorism and conspiring with Usama bin Laden and other [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal jury in the US District Court for the District of Connecticut [official website] on Wednesday convicted [DOJ press release] a former sailor of providing material support to terrorists and disclosing confidential national defense information. Hassan Abu-Jihaad, formerly known as Paul R. Hall, was a signalman on the [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki will refuse to execute Ali Hassan al-Mahid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," over the Iraqi Presidency Council's decision not to approve the death sentences of al-Mahid's two co-defendants, an Iraqi government spokesperson [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican drug lord Francisco Rafael Arellano-Felix was released from a US prison Tuesday and has returned to Mexico, according to a source at the Mexican Attorney General's office [official website, in Spanish]. Arellano-Felix ran the Arellano-Felix cartel [PBS backgrounder] until his 1993 arrest. He served more than 11 years [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons Wednesday voted 311-248 against putting ratification of the new EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], properly known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], to a public vote, thereby rejecting proposals for a national referendum. Parliament itself will now consider whether to [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Adalberto Jordan of the Southern District of Florida [official website] Tuesday ordered former Peruvian military official Maj. Telmo Ricardo Hurtado to pay $37 million in damages to two survivors [CJA case materials] of the 1985 Accomarca massacre [AP file report] and the estates of their slain [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] told members of her staff Wednesday that she will not seek a second term [JURIST report] when her four-year commission ends on June 30, confirming a Monday report [text] by the Washington Post. Arbour reportedly did not specify a [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The number of discrimination charges against private employers filed with the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) [official website] increased by nine percent in 2007 [press release], the biggest annual increase since the early 1990s, according to EEOC statistics [charge statistics] released Wednesday. Of the 82,792 complaints filed with [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] told the US Senate Judiciary Committee in testimony [prepared statement] Wednesday that the FBI had inappropriately accessed private citizens' communication and financial records in 2006 through national security letters (NSLs) [FAS backgrounder; example, PDF], according to an as-yet-unreleased report by the DOJ Office [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] A former Bosnian Serb leader who was convicted [JURIST report] in 2004 of war crimes committed during the Bosnian War [JURIST news archive] has been transferred [UN press release] to a Danish prison, a Danish Ministry of Justice spokesman said Wednesday. In 2004, the International Criminal Tribunal for the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [official website; BBC profile] declared Tuesday that his country would bring charges against Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for allegedly "sponsoring and financing genocide" in Colombia. It was not immediately evident, however, how [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court Wednesday dropped five graft cases against Asif Ali Zardari [BBC profile], the new leader of the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) [party website] and widower of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The court also released Zardari's assets, which had been frozen [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Tuesday refused to disclose a timeline for the agency's compliance with last year's Supreme Court ruling [JURIST report; opinion text] that the EPA has the authority under the Clean Air Act [text; EPA materials] to regulate the emission of [read more]

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