Legal news from Friday, January 23, 2009
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Friday denied [text, PDF] a petition for rehearing in the case of Wadih El-Hage [GlobalSecurity profile] who was convicted of the 1998 bombing of two US embassies [PBS backgrounder] in Tanzania and Kenya. El-Hage's petition for rehearing [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] on Thursday placed justice minister Daniel Friedman [official profile] in charge of defending Israel against war crimes charges stemming from the conflict in Gaza [BBC backgrounder]. Olmert appointed Friedman to head an inter-ministerial team to investigate [Ynet report] and form a legal [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Both Russia and Georgia must investigate possible violations of the laws of war [HRW press release] during and after the week-long South Ossetia conflict [BBC backgrounder] in August 2008, according to a report [text, PDF] released Friday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report, entitled "Up in [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The prison formerly known as Abu-Ghraib [CBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] will be reopened as soon as renovations are completed, and will be renamed Baghdad Central Prison, officials from the Iraqi Ministry of Justice in Baghdad announced on Thursday. Several Iraqi government officials, including Acting Justice Minister Safaaldeen Al-Safi [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Thursday ordered a review [text] of the detention of Qatar national Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive]. Al-Marri is the only individual currently being held on US soil by the Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] as an enemy [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights figures and political leaders around the world hailed Thursday's executive order [text; JURIST report] by US President Barack Obama closing the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST archive] detention facility. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Navi Pillay [official profile] welcomed the decision [statement; video] to close the [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Admiral Dennis Blair, nominated [press release, JURIST report] by US President Barack Obama [official profile] for Director of National Intelligence, on Thursday stressed his respect for civil liberties and lawfulness in intelligence investigations during testimony [text, PDF] before the Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] in anticipation of his expected [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugolavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday charged [text, PDF; press release] Volislav Seselj [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] with contempt of court after it was alleged that Seselj authored a book revealing pertinent information about several key witnesses. The [read more]

Latest Readers


Support JURIST

We rely on our readers to keep JURIST running

 Donate now!

© Copyright JURIST Legal News and Research Services, Inc., 2013.