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Legal news from Tuesday, January 27, 2009
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian police plan to request access to suspected al Qaeda bomber Ridhuan Isammudin [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] (a.k.a. Hambali), currently held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. A spokesman for the Indonesian National Police [official website, in Indonesian] said that they would coordinate a formal request [Jakarta Globe report] to question [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday urged participants in the ongoing conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [official website, in French; BBC profile] to respect human rights and international law [UN News Centre report]. Pillay expressed particular concern [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Ontario Court of Appeal [official website] Monday affirmed [judgment, PDF] a lower court ruling that prohibits the media from reporting on the terrorism trial of a group known as the "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder]. The 3-2 decision found that a Canadian criminal statute [text] allowing defendants to [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Monday that the US will not change its policy on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] detainees to Saudi Arabia, despite reports that two former prisoners have joined al Qaeda in Yemen. A US counterterrorism [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Council of the European Union [official website] Secretary-General Javier Solana [official website] on Monday said that while the US bears ultimate responsibility for detainees released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison, several EU member states would likely be willing to accept [press release, PDF] some former [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday heard oral arguments by lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], requesting Moussaoui's guilty plea and life sentence [JURIST reports] be withdrawn and a new trial be granted. The lawyers argued that Moussaoui's Fifth [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] A dispute settlement panel of the World Trade Organization (WTO) [official website] on Monday found [report, PDF; WTO press release] for the US that large parts of China's intellectual property scheme are inconsistent with its obligations under several international treaties, including the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property [read more]

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