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Legal news from Thursday, June 5, 2008
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Nicaraguan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] has passed new legislation to provide increased legal protections to refugees and asylum seekers coming from other Central American countries and, increasingly, from Africa and Asia [UNHCR report]. Nicaragua [JURIST news archive] occupies a strategic location on a common migratory route [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwean police detained US and UK diplomatic envoys for several hours at a roadblock Thursday, threatening them and beating one of their drivers, according to US Ambassador to Zimbabwe James McGee, who described the incident as an "illegal action." US State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said that the Zimbabwean [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Tel Aviv court Wednesday charged former Israeli Finance Minister Abraham Hirschon [Knesset profile] with embezzlement for allegedly misappropriating nearly $1.2 million [Ynet.com report] as head of a trade union between 1998 and 2005. Hirschon and five other union employees allegedly used the money stolen from the National Workers [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Five men charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archive] were arraigned before a military court at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Thursday. The group includes the alleged lead planner of the attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who said that he wished to [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) [official website] Thursday levied nearly $26 million in fines against US computer chip manufacturer Intel Corp. [corporate website] after a KFTC probe [JURIST report] found that the company had engaged in anti-competitive practices. Intel allegedly offered rebates to South Korean computer makers in [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Afghan journalist employed by a Canadian television network who is being held as an "enemy combatant" in Afghanistan filed a lawsuit [petition, PDF; press release] against the Bush administration Tuesday, alleging violations of due process and the right to counsel. The complaint, initiated by Ahmad's father, accuses the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] Thursday struck down recent amendments to the country's constitution [text] designed to ease a ban on headscarves [JURIST report] in universities, finding that they violated the country's secular principles. Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party [party website] (AKP) had proposed [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A court-martial panel Wednesday acquitted [press release] a US Marine intelligence officer charged in connection with the November 2005 killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. US Marine Corps 1st Lt. Andrew Grayson [defense website; JURIST news archive] had been charged [text] with multiple [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The prosecutor of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] Wednesday asked the UN Security Council [official website] to extend the ICTR's mandate so that the court can complete all war crimes trials. Hassan Bubacar Jallow [official profile] said in a report [PDF text] that the recent [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Western District of Oklahoma [official website] granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] Wednesday blocking the enforcement of employer-related provisions of Oklahoma's controversial immigration law [HB 1804 text, DOC]. Judge Robin Cauthron concluded that it is "substantially likely" that the provisions are preempted by [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Third Appellate District of the California Court of Appeal [official website] Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a plan to ease prison overcrowding by transferring prisoners to out-of-state facilities does not violate the state constitution [text]. The California Correctional Peace Officers Association and Service Employees International Union [trade union [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Terror suspects should be tried in military commissions, not federal courts, US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] said in a Wednesday speech to judges at the 2008 DC Circuit Judicial Conference [conference program, PDF]. Mukasey said that sending terror cases to civilian courts could require [read more]

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