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16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US Department of Justice [official website] defended the six-year detention of Huzaifa Parhat, a Chinese Uighur Muslim, at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in oral arguments before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] Friday. The US claims Parhat is an "enemy [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean opposition party Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] filed a lawsuit in the Harare High Court Friday to compel the country's Electoral Commission [official website] to release the results of last Saturday's elections [JURIST report]. The commission has not yet announced a winner in the presidential election, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Tibetan courts will swiftly prosecute demonstrators involved in protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder] last month, according to Friday state media reports. A top Tibet official was quoted as saying that over 1,000 protesters will face prosecution before May 1. Chinese officials have blamed the exiled Dalai [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Montana death row inmate filed a lawsuit [PDF complaint; press release] Thursday asserting that the lethal injection protocol used by Montana's Department of Corrections constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under both Article 2 of the Montana Constitution and the Eighth Amendment [texts] to the US Constitution. American Civil [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian officials Friday condemned the Thursday war crimes acquittal [judgment summary; JURIST report] of former Kosovo Prime Minister and Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) commander Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile] by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive]. In a television interview, Serbian Prime [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] Friday renewed assurances that Russia was ready to resume participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe Treaty (CFE) [text; backgrounder], so long as Western nations ratify the 1999 version of the treaty. Speaking at a NATO-Russia Council summit [NATO materials, PDF] held in [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean prosecutors Friday questioned Samsung [corporate website] Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [corporate profile] about allegations of corruption, including accusations that Samsung maintained a $200 million slush fund to bribe prosecutors, judges and civil servants. Former Samsung lawyer Yong-Chul Kim first raised the allegations in November 2007, but [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) [official website] Friday called on 12 countries, including Syria, Iraq, Egypt and Lebanon, to join the 1997 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) [PDF text] as the organization prepared to hold a review conference [OPCW materials] next week. So far, 183 countries [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian], the country's lower house of parliament, voted 363-8 Friday to approve new restrictions on national referendums, despite a universal walk-out by all 57 Communist Party [party website, in Russian] members. Referendums are binding under Russian law, and the new restrictions effectively [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani [official profile] said Friday that he will restore Pakistan's constitution [text], ensure the supremacy of the country's parliament, and preserve judicial independence [JURIST report]. Speaking at a news conference commemorating the death of Zulfikar Ali Bhutto [BBC backgrounder], the former civilian PM and [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN disability rights treaty [JURIST news archive] will take effect on May 3, 30 days after the 20th country ratified the treaty. Ecuador became the 20th signatory [press release; ratification list] of the pact Thursday after it opened for signature [JURIST report] last March. The treaty protects the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers [advocacy websites] announced in a joint statement Thursday that they have teamed up to provide experienced defense attorneys [press release] to defend seven or more specific detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] facing trials [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff joined forces Thursday to speak out against the Free Flow of Information Act of 2007 [S 2035 materials] in separate letters [Chertoff letter, PDF; Mukasey and McConnell letter, PDF; [read more]

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