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Legal news from Wednesday, October 29, 2008
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ontario Superior Court [official website] Justice Douglas Rutherford Wednesday convicted [reasons for judgment, PDF] Ottawa software developer Mohammed Momin Khawaja [CBC backgrounder] on seven counts related to an alleged plot to bomb targets in the UK. Khawaja was specifically accused of designing a remote detonator and providing other support [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Wednesday sentenced former Bank Indonesia (BI) [official website] chief Burhanuddin Abdullah to five years in prison on corruption charges for knowingly approving the misappropriation of $10 million of the central bank's funds. Governor of BI from May 2003 until May 2008, Abdullah was arrested in [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A criminal court sitting in Damascus Wednesday sentenced twelve dissidents accused of inciting sectarian strife to two and a half years in prison, according to the National Organization for Human Rights in Syria [advocacy website]. The convicted were all leaders of the pro-democracy Damascus Declaration for Democratic National Change [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian state court Wednesday sentenced suspected terrorist Joseph "Jack" Thomas [advocacy website] to nine months in prison for possessing a falsified passport. Justice Elizabeth Curtain [official profile, PDF] of the Supreme Court of Victoria [official website] released Thomas in consideration for his time served in prison, the prolonged [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian], the country's lower house of parliament, on Wednesday unanimously approved military defense agreements [JURIST report] signed with Georgia's breakaway regions of South Ossetia and Abkhazia [JURIST news archive] last month. The so-called Treaties on Friendship, Cooperation and Mutual Assistance allow Russia [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST has launched an official page on Facebook, the rapidly-growing social networking portal. The page is designed to give our US and worldwide audience a space in which to share their JURIST experiences and their common interest in the legal news and commentary that we offer every day, while [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] ruled Monday that defense attorney Cmdr. Suzanne Lachelier could gain access to Camp 7 [Miami Herald backgrounder], a special camp for alleged al Qaeda members classified as "high-value detainees" at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison. Lachelier is [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the Iraqi Central Criminal Court on Tuesday sentenced [Multi-National Force press release] to death an Iraqi citizen affiliated with a Sunni militant organization for the 2006 abduction, torture, and killing of two US soldiers and the killing of a third US soldier. The trial and [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Iain Bonomy [official profile] of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday warned former Bosnian Serb leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] not to cause any delays in his trial and gave him 14 days [order, [read more]

01:10 EDT

[JURIST] Internet search company Google, Inc. [corporate website] agreed Tuesday to settle [Google press release] two copyright infringement lawsuits stemming from its book-scanning initiative [Google Book Search website]. The two lawsuits were brought against Google by The Authors Guild [advocacy website; press release, PDF], an advocacy group seeking to preserve [read more]

00:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled Tuesday that a confession given by Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to Afghan officials following his capture in 2002 was obtained using torture and is therefore inadmissible at his upcoming military commission [JURIST news archive] trial. [read more]

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