Legal news from Monday, November 17, 2008
17:11 EDT

[JURIST] German prosecutors announced Monday that they will extradite an aide to Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website] to France on Wednesday in connection with the 1994 assassination [NYT report] of then-Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarima that led to the Rwanda genocide [HRW backgrounder]. Rose Kabuye [advocacy profile], an official in [read more]

17:11 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the Nepal Constituent Assembly (CA) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that the CA will finish drafting the country's new constitution within 18 months. According to a unanimously approved timetable, the CA will approve the final version of the constitution by the end of April 2010, [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Philippines bar leaders, retired judges, attorneys, law schools and business leaders Monday formed [Philippine Daily Inquirer report] an unofficial judicial oversight group dedicated to providing transparency in the selection of seven justices to the Supreme Court of the Philippines in 2009, when current justices retire. The name of the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention [official website] said [UN press release] Monday after an official visit to Italy that it has "significant human rights concerns" about the facilities where Italy holds irregular migrants and asylum seekers detained on suspicion of criminal activity and the legal basis for [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [HRW press release] Monday that upon inauguration US president-elect Barack Obama [official website] should immediately denounce the previous administration's "abusive" counterterrorism policies in order to bring US practices into accordance with the country's "basic values" and its own obligations under international law. [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] French police on Monday arrested alleged leader of the Basque separatist group ETA [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Mikel Garikoitz Aspiazu Rubina [BBC backgrounder] near the country's border with Spain. Aspiazu Rubina is suspected of leading the group's armed operations, and was wanted in connection with the murder of [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Parliament of Sudan [official website] on Monday approved the appointment of a nine-member independent electoral commission to oversee the country's upcoming elections. Sudanese president Oman al-Bashir [BBC profile] along with vice presidents Salva Kiir and Ali Osman Taha nominated the members of the commission earlier this year and [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Pentagon [official website] acknowledged [AP report] on Sunday while speaking to the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) [official website] that the US held 12 juveniles at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison. The announcement came in response to a study [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow District Military Court judge ruled on Monday that the trial of three men accused in the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary] will be made open to the public [AP report]. This decision came after the family of the slain journalist requested that the trial remain [read more]

06:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile] on Sunday was taken to a Taipei hospital [CNA report] for treatment of dehydration resulting from a hunger strike he had staged to protest his detention [JURIST reports] in jail for corruption. While there are no official charges against Chen, the former [read more]

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