Legal news from Tuesday, September 2, 2008
12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) [official websites] released a report [PDF text] on Tuesday concluding that former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [White House profile; JURIST news archive] violated DOJ regulations by storing highly classified documents in unsecure locations. Written by Inspector General [read more]

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[JURIST] Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [official website, English version] has placed senior officials of the intelligence service Abin [official website, in Portuguese] on suspension pending investigations of a report that its agents wiretapped a variety of high-ranking government figures [JURIST report]. Silva removed Abin Director Paulo Lacerda [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Election Commission [official website, in Thai] on Tuesday voted to recommend [Bangkok Post report] that the country's ruling People's Power Party (PPP) be disbanded for election fraud allegedly committed by one of its former top officers. The five-member panel voted unanimously after finding that the party was complicit [read more]

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[JURIST] The administration of Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] is refusing to recognize a National Electoral Court (CNE) [official website] decision suspending a constitutional referendum set for Dec. 7 [JURIST report]. Nationalization Minister Hector Arce said [ABI report, in Spanish] Monday that letters sent to Morales by [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] South African judge Navanethem Pillay [official profile] on Monday assumed the role [UN press release] of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, replacing departing commissioner Louise Arbour [JURIST report]. Pillay will hold the office for four years, and prior to her appointment, she had served on both the International [read more]

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[JURIST] Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday began an investigation to assemble a definitive registry of the tens of thousands of victims of the Spanish Civil War [LOC backgrounder] and the regime of Gen. Francisco Franco. Garzon ordered government agencies, the Episcopal Conference [church website], [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) [official website] is seeking to reopen corruption cases against former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [party profile; JURIST news archive] and his brother, said the NAB's Deputy Prosecutor General Zulfiqar Ahmed Bhutta on Tuesday. Bhutta said the NAB had filed an application in Accountability Court [read more]

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