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Legal news from Tuesday, August 5, 2008
13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The first woman scheduled to stand trial in the US on charges related to suspected al-Qaeda ties has been extradited to the US and appeared before the District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] Tuesday on terrorism charges. Aafia Siddiqui [FBI materials], who comes from [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Monday criticized Egypt's sentencing [JURIST report] of Saad Eddin Ibrahim [professional profile] to two years in prison for defaming the country. Ibrahim has been a prominent human rights activist and outspoken critic of Egypt's President Hosni Mubarak [official profile], and has dual US and [read more]

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[JURIST] A South African judge on Tuesday delayed a ruling on whether to drop corruption charges against politician Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] until September 12 in order consider Zuma's argument that he should have been consulted before the charges were filed. In December 2007, South Africa's National Prosecuting [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Meetings between Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees and representatives of their governments may have been recorded, according to a Tuesday Washington Post report [text]. In 2002 and 2003, the US State Department advised foreign delegations that their meetings would be videotaped despite public assertions by the US Department [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Navy Lt. Cmdr. William Kuebler, lawyer for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive], said on Monday that he has filed three separate motions to dismiss the case against his client due to alleged government misconduct. In the first motion, Kuebler alleged that government policy encouraged [read more]

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[JURIST] The prosecution for the military commissions trial of Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] moved [Reuters report] Tuesday for the judge to recall the jury and issue new instructions on what constitutes a war crime. Prosecutors said that the instructions given by presiding judge Navy Capt. Keith [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday criticized [press release] proposed constitutional amendments put forth by Colombian President Alvaro Uribe [official profile, in Spanish; BBC profile] that would strip the country's High Court [official backgrounder] of the authority to investigate sitting legislators for alleged relationships with right-wing paramilitaries [read more]

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[JURIST] US President George Bush on Monday signed [press release] into law the Libyan Claims Resolution Act [text], which allows the Secretary of State to settle remaining civil claims brought by US citizens against Libya for bombings allegedly carried out by groups linked to the government in the late 1980s. [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] deployed about 3,000 military troops [press release and materials, in Italian] to major Italian cities on Monday in a movement designed to reduce crime throughout the country. The plan [Art. 7a DL 92/08 text, PDF, in Italian] is part [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit [official website] held [opinion, PDF] on Monday that federal courts must rule on an international petition for child repatriation unless a state court has already fully considered and ruled on the petition. The ruling came in a case involving a [read more]

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