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Legal news from Thursday, April 17, 2008
19:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian military court has yet to release details of the charges on which 25 members of the banned Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] were convicted and sentenced [JURIST report] Tuesday, a lawyer for the Brotherhood told Reuters Thursday. In a unusual move, the court had blocked the [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean court Thursday sentenced a retired general to 15 years in prison for his role in the 1974 disappearance of a political dissident. General Manuel Contreras [TrialWatch profile], the secret police chief under former dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive], is already serving a cumulative prison sentence of [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee Thursday called [press release] upon former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Karl Rove [official profile] to testify concerning any involvement in the prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman [official profile; JURIST news archive] on federal corruption charges in 2005. In a letter [read more]

17:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nepalese police detained more than 500 Tibetan monks, refugees, and other protesters near the Chinese Embassy [embassy website, in English] in Kathmandu Thursday as demonstrations continued against China's recent crackdown against pro-Tibet protests [BBC backgrounder]. Thursday's detentions follow a sweep of arrests [JURIST report] in late March in which [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas judge Thursday issued a temporary restraining order [PDF text; NRA press release] blocking Philadelphia from enforcing new gun control legislation [press release, PDF] that would have banned the sale of assault weapons, required owners to report lost or stolen guns within 24 hours, [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant backgrounder, JURIST news archive] was released from prison Thursday after a Moscow City Court suspended his sentence. Adamov was convicted [JURIST report] on charges of fraud and abuse of office in February and sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Chinese human rights activist Hu Jia [advocacy blog; JURIST news archive], sentenced [JURIST report] in early April to over three years in prison on charges of inciting subversion of state power [JURIST news archive], said Thursday that his client has been denied an appeal. Hu's lawyer [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Two videotapes showing CIA officers interrogating al Qaeda suspects are likely not related to a federal case filed by a Guantanamo Bay detainee and thus not covered by a court order entered in that case directing the CIA to preserve evidence relating to the case, the CIA argued in [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Martial law will be lifted in most of Thailand, new Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej [BBC profile] said Thursday. Sundaravej said that while the restrictions were no longer necessary after elections in December and the passage of the controversial Internal Security Bill [JURIST report], martial law will still remain [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Current Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] and his Zimbabwe African National Union - Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) [party website] Thursday accused opposition candidate Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website, in English] of treason. Mugabe's government has said that Tsvangirai [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Iowa House [General Assembly website] voted 84-16 Wednesday to pass a bill [HF 2686 text] that would require Iowa employers to verify within 10 business days of hiring a new employee that they are a legal US resident. Employers would have to sign a statement under penalty of [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The movement in Malaysia to reform the judiciary took another step forward Thursday as Prime Minister Datuk Seri Abdullah Ahmad Badawi told a Bar Council assembly that the government will implement a Judicial Appointments Commission that will identify and nominate candidates for the bench, hopefully bringing transparency to the [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan President Hamid Karzai [official website; BBC profile] should reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty and should not sign execution orders for 100 prisoners, approved by the Supreme Court this week, advocacy group Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday. According to the HRW press release [text]:Supreme Court officials [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia is not doing enough to cooperate with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], ICTY Chief Prosecutor Serge Brammertz said Thursday. Brammertz said he was especially concerned with Serbia's inability to find and capture four fugitives wanted in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean prosecutors on Thursday charged Samsung [corporate website] Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [corporate profile] with breach of trust and tax evasion, but decided not to charge him based on accusations that Samsung maintained a $200 million slush fund to bribe prosecutors, judges and civil servants. Nine other [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Nagoya District Court in Japan ruled Thursday that Japan's air force mission to Iraq breaches the Japanese constitution [text], but did not order the government to redeploy the 210 air force personnel in Kuwait aiding the US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq. In a lawsuit brought by more than 1,100 people [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US military interrogators allegedly abused Afghan detainees in 2003 at the Gardez Detention Facility [Globalsecurity.org backgrounder] in southeastern Afghanistan, according to Pentagon documents [text; press release] released Wednesday under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website]. The documents indicate [read more]

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