Legal news from Thursday, March 13, 2008
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] Thursday condemned Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] and called on Israel to end its use of "disproportionate and excessive force" against Palestinians. Speaking at a summit of the Organization of the Islamic Conference [group website] in Senegal, Ban said [read more]

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[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Thursday seeking to compel the US government to release unredacted transcripts of military hearings conducted at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in early 2007 for 14 "high-value" prisoners [DNI profiles, PDF], during which the [read more]

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[JURIST] Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] has established a panel to investigate the December 2007 disputed presidential election [JURIST report] that sparked mass violence in the country, according to a Thursday statement from his office. The panel is expected to probe the election's outcome, as well as the independence [read more]

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[JURIST] The FBI has continued to improperly use so-called national security letters (NSLs) [FAS backgrounder; example, PDF], with the number of violations increasing in 2006 over previous years, according to a US Department of Justice follow-up review [PDF text] released Thursday. Last March, the DOJ found in its initial review [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The trial chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday postponed the trial date [press release] of former Union of Patriotic Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] until June 23, 2008. Lubanga's trial was originally scheduled to begin March 31 [JURIST report]. Lubanga [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Thursday that some correspondence between the US and Canadian government officials regarding Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] must be turned over to Khadr's defense team. Prosecutors argued that they had found no such correspondence in US State Department records, but [read more]

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[JURIST] Armenian President Robert Kocharian [official website] Thursday issued a decree lifting media restrictions put in place during a state of emergency [JURIST report] declared after last month's contested presidential election. The decree is set to take effect Friday, but restrictions on rallies and public gatherings will still be in [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] An ongoing Pentagon investigation into the videotaping of terror suspect interrogations has uncovered at least 50 videotaped interrogations, the New York Times reported Thursday. Most of the videotaped interrogations involved two terror detainees, Jose Padilla [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Ali al-Marri [New York Times profile]. Officials denied [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese State Council said Thursday that a US Department of State report [text] critical of the Chinese human rights record is hypocritical given the number of human rights problems in the US. In a report entitled the Human Rights Record of the United States in 2007 [text; JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] said Wednesday that a stricter air quality rule [PDF text; press release] on ground-level ozone and smog will go into effect in May, requiring some 345 US counties [map, PDF] to reduce air pollution in order to come into compliance with the [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Kamin [DOD materials] was charged [PDF text; DOD press release] Wednesday with providing material support to terrorism. In its announcement of the sworn charges, the US Defense Department said:The charges allege that between January and May of 2003, Mohammed Kamin provided material support to [read more]

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