Legal news from Friday, December 5, 2008
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website, in Russian] on Friday gave first reading to a bill that would ban jury trials for terrorism, espionage, and treason, among other crimes. In a vote of 351 to 34 [AP report] with no abstentions, the lower house of parliament approved the bill [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] said [scheduling order, PDF] Friday that it would add charges of murder and torture to the case against Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek-Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder; court materials], also known as "Duch." Duch already [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Friday in two cases. In al-Marri v. Pucciarelli [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will decide whether the Authorization for Use of Military Force [text, PDF], passed after the 9/11 attacks [JURIST news archive], authorizes [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Moroccan court on Friday sentenced Hicham Ahmidan [Interpol arrest warrant] to 10 years in prison for his role in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive; BBC background materials], which killed almost 200 people. Ahmidan, who was in custody at the time of the attack, was convicted [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] unanimously ruled [press release] Thursday that there was no human rights violation when a French school expelled two students for refusing to remove their headscarves [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Two French nationals, Belgin Dogru [judgment text] and Esma-Nur Kervanci [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan Taipei District Court [official website] on Thursday sentenced former head of the Ministry of Justice Investigation Bureau [official website] Yeh Sheng-mao to 10 years in prison on corruption charges. Yeh was convicted [Taipei Times report] of corruption, concealing a government file, and leaking confidential information to former [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Two US congressman on Thursday sent a letter [text] to US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive], calling on him to explain comments he made Wednesday about pardoning US counterterrorism officials for their controversial policies. Mukasey told reporters [NYT report] at a news conference that he [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of First Instance [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday annulled [case materials; press release, PDF] a July decision of the Council of the European Union [official website] to place the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI) [group website] on the list of terrorist organizations and [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli police Thursday forcibly removed 250 settlers who had barricaded themselves inside the four-story so-called House of Peace (Beit HaShalom) [Hebron Jewish Community backgrounder; advocacy materials] on the West Bank [CIA backgrounder] that the Israeli Supreme Court [official website] last month ordered cleared [JURIST report] pending judicial resolution of [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Thursday ruled on six Chechnya disappearance cases [press release], ordering Russia to pay a total of €320,000 to the relatives of the victims. In each case, the applicants, all Russian nationals, alleged their relatives disappeared between 2001-2003 after being taken [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a complaint with the court of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [official website] in October to prevent his trial for crimes against humanity in Senegal from moving forward, according to an AFP report. [read more]

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