Legal news from Monday, December 22, 2008
16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Sudanese man charged with aiding an International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] investigation of a Darfur [JURIST news archive] war crimes suspect appeared in court Monday. Mohamed Alsary Ibrahim is charged [Reuters report] with working to overthrow the constitutional government, waging war against the state, dealing with an [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Five men were found guilty [DOJ press release; case materials] Monday in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] of plotting to kill US soldiers at Fort Dix [official website]. The five men, Serdar Tatar, Mohamad Ibrahim Shnewer, Dritan Duka, Eljvir Duka, and Shain [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi national living in Maryland on Sunday pleaded guilty to charges of spying for the Iraqi government [DOJ press release] under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. Saubhe Jassim Al-Dellemy, a former Baath party [JURIST news archive] member, pleaded guilty to "conspiracy to act as an agent of a [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website] on Monday delayed a vote to determine the future of non-US foreign troops in the country. On Saturday, the parliament rejected a draft law [JURIST report] that would have permitted 6,000 troops from the United Kingdom, Australia, Romania, El Salvador, and Estonia [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Federation Council [official website, in Russian], the upper house of parliament, gave final approval Monday to amendments to the Russian Constitution [materials] that would extend presidential terms [Article 81(1) text] from four to six years and terms for parliament members [Article 96(1) text] from four to five years. [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Australian authorities on Sunday removed the final restrictions against former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Hicks, who served more than five years in the military prison without a trial before pleading guilty to providing material support to al Qaeda, had been under control [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] German government spokesperson Thomas Steg said Monday that Germany would consider taking in detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison if US President-elect Barack Obama closed the facility. Steg said that Germany supports closure of the facility [DW report] and that all European Union (EU) [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Sunday began a new trial for Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," and three other Saddam Hussein-era officials accused in a 1998 gas attack that killed 5,000 Kurds. The relatives of the plaintiffs were [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian security forces on Sunday raided and closed the offices of a human rights group run by Nobel Peace Prize recipient Shirin Ebadi [Nobel profile; JURIST news archive]. The Iranian judiciary declared that the office of Ebadi's Center for the Defense of Human Rights did not have the proper [read more]

05:12 EDT

[JURIST] The deposed president of Mauritania [CIA factbook profile; JURIST news archive] Sidi Ould Cheikh Abdallahi [BBC profile] was freed from house arrest Sunday, according to Mauritanian officials. Abdallahi was picked up by military forces [AP report] early Sunday at his home in Lemden and was taken to the capital [read more]

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