Legal news from Thursday, March 6, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (HRC) [official website] Thursday condemned [press release] Israel's most recent offensive in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] in a resolution passed by the seventh session [HRC materials] of the HRC. The resolution, which was introduced by Pakistan and other Muslim countries, likened Israel's attacks [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Niger sentenced the editor-in-chief of the bi-monthly L'Eveil Plus newspaper to one month in prison Thursday for "discrediting" judicial rulings by publishing an article contrasting the different sentences handed down to two politicians convicted of similar offenses. Boubacar Gourouza was also ordered to pay a fine [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Mexican Senate [official website] Thursday approved a bill [text, in Spanish] authorizing a variety of judicial reforms [press release, in Spanish] providing for public and oral trials, guaranteeing the presumption of innocence and allowing for the use of recorded telephone conversations as evidence with consent. While Mexico's lower [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Parliament of Kenya [official website] met Thursday to discuss a power sharing deal [JURIST report] between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] and opposition candidate Raila Odinga [campaign profile] that could put an end the violence that began in the wake of December's disputed presidential election [JURIST report]. [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish National Court Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Thursday dropped an extradition request [JURIST report] against two UK residents formerly held by the US at the Guantanamo Bay prison [JURIST news archive] after finding that they are not competent to stand trial. Jamil el Banna and [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge has ruled that US Rep. John Murtha (D-PA) [official website] cannot be forced to submit to a deposition in the court-martial of a Marine charged in connection with the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive], lawyers for Lt. Col. Jeffrey [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian police arrested 26 additional members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] on Thursday, adding to the 54 members arrested [JURIST report] on Tuesday and the 86 arrested Wednesday. The Muslim Brotherhood said Wednesday that its candidates will still stay on the ballots [press release; Reuters [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Lords [official website] voted Wednesday in favor of abolishing the criminal offenses of blasphemy and blasphemous libel from the UK common law. By a vote of 148-87 [roll call], the House of Lords adopted Amendment 144B [text] to the government-sponsored Criminal Justice and Immigration Bill [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A UK plan that would have required all citizens to obtain ID cards [Home Office backgrounder; JURIST news archive] when applying for passports by 2010 has been dropped [press release], the Home Office [official website] said Thursday. Under current plans, passports and driver's licenses will be considered acceptable alternative [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] have reached their lowest point since the beginning of the Israeli occupation in 1967, according to a report [press release; PDF report] released Thursday by a coalition of eight UK-based human rights groups. The coalition, led by Amnesty International UK [advocacy [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday denounced a Colombian attack on a Ecuadorian camp belonging to the leftist Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) [MIPT backgrounder] rebel group as a "war crime." Chavez joined Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa [official website; JURIST news archive] in [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Wednesday scheduled a June trial to resolve the decade-old Indian Trust case [Cobell v. Norton litigation website; JURIST news archive]. In January, US District Judge James Robertson ruled [PDF text; JURIST report] that the US [read more]

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