Legal news from Wednesday, April 9, 2008
19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Opposing groups of Pakistani lawyers clashed with each other in the city of Karachi Wednesday, prompting widespread rioting that led to at least seven deaths. Lawyers supporting Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf who gathered to protest the Tuesday lawyers' beating in Lahore [JURIST report] of former Minister for Parliamentary Affairs [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] announced Tuesday that it will not allow the new UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] envoy on Israeli human rights to enter either Israel or the Palestinian territories after he called current Israeli actions against Palestinians a "Holocaust in the [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [official website] issued a subpoena [press release] Wednesday to compel the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] to turn over documents relating to White House involvement in the EPA decision to deny California's request for a greenhouse emissions waiver in [read more]

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[JURIST] The Nebraska Supreme Court [official website] Wednesday rejected a motion for rehearing [JURIST report] filed by state Attorney General Jon Bruning asking the court to reconsider its February ruling [PDF text; JURIST report] that execution by electric chair is "cruel and unusual" punishment and therefore prohibited by the Nebraska [read more]

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[JURIST] A four-member Iraqi judiciary committee has dismissed terrorism-related charges against Associated Press (AP) [media website] photographer Bilal Hussein [AP materials; JURIST news archive] and ordered his release. Hussein has been held by the US military since his arrest in April 2006 for allegedly possessing equipment to construct roadside bombs. [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] ruled Wednesday that an Afghan tribal chief charged [PDF text; JURIST report] with conspiring to violate US narcotics laws must face trial even though US officials lured him into the United States. Drug [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal in London Wednesday blocked two separate orders to extradite two terror suspects to Libya and another convicted terrorist to Jordan, citing concerns that they would face torture and be denied a fair trial on arrival. The ruling overturned a February 2007 decision [JURIST report] by [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian Guantanamo Bay detainee said during a pre-trial hearing Wednesday that he plans to boycott his upcoming military commission trial and does not wish to attend or have legal representation. Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al-Darbi [DOD materials] described the proceedings as a "sham" and argued that the [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice of the Federal Court of Malaysia Abdul Hamid Mohamad [official profile] indicated his support Wednesday for the creation of an independent body to govern the appointment and promotion of judges, reportedly telling a group of judges that it would help "regain the confidence of the public in [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Police in China [JURIST news archive] have detained 953 people, of which 403 have been formally arrested, in connection with protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder] last month, Chairman of the Government of the Tibet Autonomous Region Qiangba Puncog [CIIC profile] said Wednesday. Last Friday, a top [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's 45-member Referendum Holding Commission has scheduled a planned national constitutional referendum [JURIST reports] for May 10, the military government announced Wednesday. Opposition groups like the National League for Democracy (NLD) have urged citizens to reject [JURIST report] the proposed constitution put forth by the military government, labeling the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense has assigned Navy Captain Prescott Prince [Miami Herald profile, PDF] to defend confessed Sept. 11 mastermind Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] before a US military commission, the Miami Herald reported Tuesday. In February, the US government said it would seek the [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A 2003 US Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel memorandum [PDF text] demonstrates that the detention of Illinois resident and Qatari native Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [Brennan Center case materials; NYT profile] "lacks legal basis" as the detention was based on now-discredited legal opinions, a lawyer for al-Marri [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Assembly of Kosovo [official website] Wednesday adopted the country's new draft constitution [text] without a vote, which was signed [press release, in Albanian; JURIST report] earlier this week by top Kosovo officials. Last week, the European Union certified [JURIST report] that the seceded Serbian province's constitution is in [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Peruvian court Tuesday convicted four former Peruvian military officers of kidnapping and murder for their roles in the 1992 La Cantuta massacre [MIT backgrounder], which left one professor and nine students at Lima's La Cantuta University dead. The military general and three military death squad soldiers convicted each [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The judicial members of the House of Lords making up Britain's highest court on Wednesday denied a request [judgment] by two mothers of soldiers killed in Iraq for a public inquiry into the legality of UK's decision to go to war in Iraq [JURIST report]. The mothers had requested [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] accused the CIA Tuesday of transferring terror suspects to Jordan [report; press release] following September 11, saying that the US sent them there for interrogations as part of the CIA's rendition program [JURIST news archive]. HRW reported that at least 14 persons were sent [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [PILDAT profile; JURIST news archive] said Tuesday he was resigning as head of the lawyer's association and then appeared to back away from that statement after a crowd of lawyers and other persons in Lahore beat up former Pakistani Minister for [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Senegal [official backgrounder, in French] on Tuesday amended the Senegalese Constitution [text, in French] to give Senegalese courts jurisdiction over the trial of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive], who is accused of crimes against humanity. Habre was accused in 1992 [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] Daniel Bellemare [Ya Libnan profile], the former Canadian federal prosecutor now heading the United Nations probe into the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], asked the UN Security Council Tuesday to extend his investigative authority beyond its mandated June 15 expiration, saying the [read more]

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