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

[JURIST] Zimbabwe opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile] has condemned as "illegal" a process of recounting votes in 23 constituencies that began Saturday after a judge dismissed an opposition appeal [JURIST report]. The MDC won 109 seats in the country's 210-seat assembly in [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Eight former British Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees are suing the UK's MI5 (domestic) and MI6 (foreign) [official websites] intelligence services over alleged complicity with the US in their illegal abduction, treatment and interrogation at the prison, according to a report [text] Saturday in London's Daily Mail. Two [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Retired Chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff General Richard Myers [official profile] was 'hoodwinked' into believing aggressive interrogation techniques used on Guantanamo detainees were taken from the army's field manual, University College London law professor Philippe Sands [official profile] claims in his new book, Torture Team [book [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean court indicted five navy officers and a navy doctor Friday for their role in the kidnapping, torture, and killings of British-Chilean priest Micheal Woodward [profile] and other political dissidents. Retired admirals Sergio Barros, Guillermo Aldoney and Adolfo Walbaum and retired navy captains Sergio Barra and Ricardo Riesgo, [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] US prison officials said Friday that convicted terrorism conspirator Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] will serve his approximately 17-year term at a "supermax" federal prison in Colorado. The maximum-security facility located in Florence [official website] also holds "Unabomber" Theodore Kaczynski, Oklahoma City bombing conspirator Terry Nichols, and September 11 [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Colombia [official website, in Spanish] has held that same-sex couples should be given the same pension and health benefits as those held by opposite-sex couples. The Constitutional Court reached its decision Thursday after considering arguments presented by domestic and foreign human rights groups, including Human [read more]

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