Legal news from Wednesday, December 10, 2008
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Angolan government should stop torture and unfair trials in the province of Cabinda [government in exile website], according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] statement [press release] issued Wednesday. HRW alleges that at least 15 civilians and six military personnel have been arbitrarily detained in Cabinda [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Wednesday in two cases. In Ashcroft v. Iqbal [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether high-ranking US officials are protected by qualified immunity from suit for alleged religious and ethnic [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Indian government on Tuesday urged [transcript text] the UN Security Council [official website] to ban a Pakistani charity seen as a front for the group being blamed for the Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder]. Indian Minister of State for External Affairs E. Ahamed [official profile] asked the UN [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] heard oral arguments Tuesday in an en banc rehearing of Arar v. Ashcroft [CCR backgrounder]. Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] is seeking a declaratory judgment against US government officials for having deported him to [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian government has released six terror suspects, including Yazid Sufaat [GlobalSecurity profile] who allegedly gave assistance to the 9/11 attackers [JURIST news archive], according to a Wednesday statement from Malaysian Home Minister Syed Hamid Albar. Yazid, released last month, was a member of the Southeast Asian terror group [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Tuesday marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) [text], and is celebrated as International Human Rights Day [official website]. The occasion will be commemorated with a number of special events [schedule, PDF] at the UN headquarters in New York City, including the presentation of [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Whole Foods Market [corporate website] filed an action [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday requesting an injunction barring the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] from holding an administrative trial regarding the company's merger with Wild Oats Market [corporate [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Three out of five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, including Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the self-proclaimed architect of the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report], on Monday postponed their offers to plead guilty to the charges against them after the judge required competency hearings for two [read more]

07:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] that it has the authority to review a decision by the US consulate in South Africa that denied a visa to a controversial South African scholar. The consulate had denied a nonimmigrant [read more]

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