Legal news from Friday, July 4, 2008
13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] rebel leader Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC profile; JURIST news archive] appeared before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for the first time Friday after Belgium's Court of Cassation approved his transfer [JURIST report] on Tuesday. Bemba was identified before the [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A US district court judge Thursday released two US Marines who had previously been jailed for refusing to testify about the deaths of Iraqi detainees during the November 2004 offensive [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Fallujah [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Marine Corps Sgt. Ryan G. Weemer [JURIST news archive] and [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Officials of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] told journalists Thursday that the trial of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile] would proceed as planned after evidentiary problems which had threatened the case were settled, according to AFP. Late last month, the ICC imposed an [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] White House Press Secretary Dana Perino said [press briefing transcript] Thursday that the administration is still working to close the Guantanamo Bay detention center [JURIST news archive], but suggested that a recent US Supreme Court decision could lead to the release of "dangerous detainees" into the US. The Court [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Phillips of Worth Matravers [official profile; JURIST news archive] said Thursday that there may be applications of Sharia law [CFR backgrounder] in the British legal system during a speech [PDF text] at the East London Mosque and London Muslim Centre [official [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Ambassador to the United Nations Zalmay Khalilzad [official profile] submitted a draft resolution in the UN Security Council [official website] Thursday calling for sanctions against Zimbabwe's newly reinstalled president Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and eleven of his government and security aides. The sanctions are said [read more]

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