Legal news from Tuesday, June 24, 2008
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to Albania John L. Withers [official website] colluded with Albanian officials to hide evidence of an illegal ammunition selling plan [NYT report] from New York Times reporters, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Henry Waxman (D-CA) alleged in a letter [PDF text; materials] Monday. Government arms contractor [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Rights group Equipo Nizkor [advocacy website] has petitioned Spain's National Court [press release, in Spanish; Human Rights Blog backgrounder] to extradite and try four former Nazi officers for alleged war crimes committed during WWII, a group lawyer said Tuesday. The suit was brought on behalf of a concentration camp [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistan government will challenge Monday's Lahore High Court ruling [JURIST report] blocking Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) [party website] leader and former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from running in upcoming parliamentary elections, current Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani said Tuesday. The ruling, which [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Department of Justice improperly granted preferential treatment to conservative candidates in assessing job and summer internship applications under a 2002 screening program, according to a Tuesday report [PDF text] by the DOJ Office of the Inspector General [official website]. It was found that political officials played a greater [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] unanimously ruled [press release] against Turkey Tuesday in two cases concerning the deaths of Greek Cypriots. Anastasios Issac [ruling] was killed at a 1996 protest, and Solomos Solomou [ruling] was shot at Issac's funeral; the ECHR found that Turkish agents [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Accused terrorist Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC backgrounder] pleaded not guilty in an Ottawa court Monday to charges related to an alleged UK bomb plot. Khawaja's lawyer said the allegations were exaggerated and that Monday testimony by former al Qaeda operative Mohammed Babar [BBC report] should be excluded as hearsay. [read more]

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[JURIST] More than 560 inmates in Kosovo's Dubrava Prison [official website, in Albanian] began a hunger strike Sunday to protest poor conditions at the prison and to pressure the government to pass an anticipated amnesty law. The inmates have demanded that "prison year" terms be reduced to nine months rather [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of international and African human rights groups Monday criticized Senegal for delays [statement, in French; APO press release] in the prosecution of former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [HRW materials; JURIST news archive] and called on the African Union [organization website] to press the issue at an upcoming [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] filed a petition [PDF text] Monday asking the court not to consider releasing suspected war criminal Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile]. The petition also seeks leave from the court to appeal the ICC's June 16 decision to [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] condemned the increasing violence against opposition activists and politicians in Zimbabwe in a presidential statement [text] issued Monday. The statement calls on the government of Zimbabwe to "stop the violence, to cease political intimidation, to end the restrictions on the right of assembly [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons and the House of Lords [parliamentary debate texts] Monday approved a draft order [PDF text] to remove the opposition group People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] from the country's list of prohibited organizations. The votes confirm a May court ruling [JURIST report] that [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Corruption and repression are increasingly threatening legal rights in former Soviet republics like Russia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan, according to a Monday report [text; press release] released by rights group Freedom House [advocacy website]. The group said that Russia especially has seen a significant deterioration of the rule of law, [read more]

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