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Legal news from Monday, June 30, 2008
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Defense [official website] prosecutors announced Monday they had filed charges [press release] related to the 2000 al Qaeda attack [US DOD inquiry report; JURIST news archive] on the USS Cole [official website] against Guantanamo Bay detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [Globalsecurity backgrounder]. Al-Nashiri, a Saudi national, is [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The United States should set a concrete deadline for closure of the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to a Monday report [PDF text] by an investigator from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Parliamentary Assembly (OSCEPA) [official website]. OSCEPA's special Guantanamo envoy Anne-Marie [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [official profile, in Spanish; BBC profile] Monday moved forward with plans for a national referendum on the country's 2006 presidential election. Last week, the Colombian High Court [official backgrounder] ruled [AP report] that a legal inquiry should be held into the election after it found [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistani constitution must be amended in order to reinstate the judges who were ousted last year by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], Pakistani Law and Justice Minister Farooq H. Naik said Sunday. He said that while the constitution provides for the appointment of judges, [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Unknown bombers made unsuccessful assassination attempts on the lives of five Iraqi appeals court judges Monday. The five judges - Ali al-Alaq, Suleiman Abdullah, Ghanim Janab, Alaa al-Timimi, and Hassan Fouad - are all members of the al-Rasafa Court of Appeal in eastern Baghdad. While all five were unharmed [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A German man's right to a fair trial was not violated by police torture threats, the European Court of Human Rights [official website] ruled [text; press release] Monday. In 2003, Magnus Gaefgen was convicted of kidnapping and killing a six-year-old child after German police threatened Gaefgen with torture to [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Thana Tansiri, a lawyer for former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], began serving a six-month prison sentence Monday for his role in an attempt to bribe officials [Nation report] overseeing a corruption case against Thaksin. Thana is one of three lawyers sentenced [Nation report] [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced an Iranian electronics salesman to death Monday after convicting him of espionage, according to a state media report [FNA report]. Ali Ashtari, who was arrested last year, was charged with using his sales connections in the military to pass information on Iran's Atomic Energy Organization [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch Public Prosecution Service (OM) [official website, English version] will not prosecute politician Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch] for his video and printed statements against the Quran and Islam because the statements are not punishable under anti-discrimination laws [OM statement]. Wilders, who is an official with the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian opposition politician Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a lawsuit [The Star report] on Monday against a former aide who had accused him of sodomy [JURIST report] on Saturday.  In the lawsuit, Anwar said that the aide's allegations against him were baseless and politically motivated. Also on Monday, Anwar [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] has issued a subpoena [text, PDF; press release] to Attorney General Michael Mukasey for documents relating to the Valerie Plame leak scandal [JURIST news archive] and other Committee investigations. The Committee specifically requested transcripts of interviews with US President George W. Bush, [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] International leaders and human rights groups have criticized last Friday's presidential run-off election in Zimbabwe [Harare Tribune election results], calling the elections unfair and characterizing the government of newly sworn-in president Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] as illegitimate. A committee of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) [official website], [read more]

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