Legal news from Friday, December 19, 2008
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of the UK High Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that Iraqis Faisal Attiyah Nassar al-Saadoon and Khalaf Hussain Mufdhi, suspected in the 2003 deaths of two British soldiers [BBC report], may be transferred to Iraqi custody to face trial. Lawyers for the men [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Thursday urged Indian President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil [official website] to reject [press release] the recently passed Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment of 2008 (UAPA) [legislative materials], which would allow the government to hold terrorism suspects for up to 180 days. The bill, which [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian Federal Court [official website] judge ruled Thursday that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) [official website] must stop monitoring phone calls between terrorism suspects and their lawyers and must erase any such calls that it accidentally records. Judge Carolyn Layden-Stevenson [official profile] on Thursday morning released a [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] was divided Thursday over the the issue of decriminalizing homosexuality [press release] as 66 nations signed a statement calling for decriminalization, and nearly 60 nations signed an opposing statement. The representative from Argentina, speaking on behalf of primarily European and Latin American countries, [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Venezuelan National Assembly [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday gave preliminary approval to a measure authorizing a national referendum on a constitutional amendment that would abolish presidential term limits [press release, in Spanish]. The amendment would allow Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to seek [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates [official profile] has ordered the Pentagon to draft a proposal for shutting down [press release] the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in preparation for a possible order from President-elect Barack Obama [transition website], a Pentagon spokesperson said Thursday. Press Secretary [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine court Thursday released 14 suspects who are accused of committing human rights violations during the country's military dictatorship from 1976 to 1983. The court released the men pending bail [Reuters report], saying that the two-year legal deadline for holding them without a conviction had expired. The suspects [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] chief prosecutor Serge Brammertz [official profile] said Thursday that the tribunal may not be able to meet the UN deadline of 2010 for completing its work. Brammertz said that the July arrest [JURIST report] of war crimes suspect Radovan [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian court in Milan Thursday sentenced Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] founder Calisto Tanzi [NNDB profile] to 10 years in prison for his role in the collapse of the Italian dairy giant. Tanzi is the first executive to be sentenced in connection with the €14 billion [read more]

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