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Legal news from Thursday, December 4, 2008
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi presidential council on Thursday approved a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [draft text; CFR backgrounder] that sets a 2011 deadline for the withdraw of US troops but also approved an additional law calling for a national referendum on the pact in July 2009. The approval of the [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment text] Thursday that the British practice of keeping the fingerprints and DNA profiles of people arrested but not convicted of crimes was against privacy rights and should not continue. The suit was originally brought by UK nationals Michael [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean [official profile] Thursday morning granted a request by Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] to suspend the Canadian parliament until January, heading off for the moment a constitutional crisis that might have been triggered if she had invited a coalition [accord text, PDF] of [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] Hate crimes committed against Arab Americans have been steadily decreasing since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee [advocacy website]. The report found that there were 120 to 130 incidents per year between 2003 and 2007. The [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Judge Oscar Magi on Wednesday suspended the in absentia trial of 26 Americans [JURIST news archive], most of them suspected of working for the CIA, and five former Italian intelligence officials for the 2003 abduction and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Moscow Military District Court judge Yevgeny Zubov on Thursday ordered that the trial of three men accused of the murder of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] be closed to the public to hear classified evidence, limiting an earlier decision to keep the proceedings open [JURIST report] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 112 former presidents and prime ministers signed a letter [press release and text, PDF] sent to UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday urging him to pay a visit to Myanmar [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] before year's end to press for the release [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] Wednesday upheld [opinion, PDF] a $156 million verdict against three US-based Islamic charities accused of aiding Hamas [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] in the murder of David Boim, a 17-year-old American killed in Israel in 1996. Boim's estate [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday re-issued a 22-year prison sentence for so-called "millennium bomber" Ahmed Ressam [PBS profile]. Judge John Coughenour of the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] first sentenced Ressam to 22 years [JURIST report] in 2005 for plotting to blow up [read more]

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