Legal news from Tuesday, October 21, 2008
21:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico and Cuba on Monday signed a memorandum of understanding [text, in Spanish] aimed at combating the rising number of Cuban illegal immigrants [JURIST news archive] attempting to reach the US through Mexico. The agreement requires Mexican authorities to deport any illegal Cuban immigrants taken into custody by Mexican [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia's Constitutional Court on Tuesday ruled [AP report] that the country's constitution [text] allows the firing-squad execution of three men sentenced to death for their roles in the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings [BBC backgrounder]. The three members of the southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Bolivian National Congress [official website, in Spanish] Tuesday ratified proposed reforms [PDF text, in Spanish] to the country's constitution, paving the way for a national referendum on the changes on January 25, 2009. Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] engineered the endorsement Monday by agreeing not [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] on Monday accused [press release] the Sudanese government of using a special prosecutor [JURIST report] as "window dressing" to thwart an International Criminal Court (ICC) investigation of war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive]. ICC Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo applied for an [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International and the Nigerian Legal Defense and Assistance Project (LEDAP) [advocacy websites] condemned Nigeria's capital punishment practices in a joint report [PDF text; press release] released Tuesday, claiming that death row inmates are being denied their rights to proper representation and appeal and calling for a moratorium on [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand on Monday convicted [Bangkok Post report] ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of corruption charges [JURIST report] related to a 2003 purchase of land by his wife Pojamarn Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] from the government-controlled Financial Institutions Development Fund [official [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] wrote in a report [text, PDF] issued Monday that the Iranian government has made limited progress in some areas of human rights but that other areas such as basic freedoms, minority rights and the justice system still need to be improved. The report [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] on Monday issued an order [PDF text] further delaying the release of 17 Uighur detainees from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] as it set an expedited schedule for hearing an appeal by the US [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Outgoing UK Director of Public Prosecutions Ken Macdonald warned [Times report] Monday against the expansion of government power in gathering intelligence and prosecuting suspected terrorists. In a speech [text] delivered in London Macdonald speculated that present decisions about how the government should use technology are likely to be permanent [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Office of Special Counsel (OSC) [official website] head Scott J. Bloch [official profile] announced in a letter [text, PDF] to President George W. Bush Monday that he will resign when his five-year term ends in January. Bloch could remain head of the OSC for one year after his [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The German cabinet [official website, in German] on Monday approved legal conditions [text, PDF, in German] that the government will impose on banks that receive financial assistance through the German financial rescue bill [Financial Stabilization Fund Regulation text, PDF, in German; press release, in German]. The rescue bill [BBC [read more]

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