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Legal news from Tuesday, February 17, 2009
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge ruled that a US Army sergeant may testify for the prosecution against Sgt. Michael Leahy Jr., who is charged [JURIST report] in connection with the killing of four Iraqi prisoners, as court-martial proceedings began Tuesday. Staff Sgt. Jess Cunningham will be allowed to testify [AP report], [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Italian authorities Monday began dismantling illegal immigrant camps around Rome heavily populated by members of the Roma minority ("gypsies") [JURIST news archive] following the alleged weekend rape of a 14-year old girl by East European immigrants which led to public outcry and vigilante reprisals. Interior Minister Roberto Maroni [official [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Canada [official website] Monday dismissed an application [decision, PDF] by two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees requesting access to Canadian interrogation records. Mohamedou Ould Slahi, a Mauritanian with landed immigrant status in Canada, and Ahcene Zemiri [NYT materials], an Algerian permanent resident of Canada, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Speaker for Italy's Chamber of Deputies [official website] Gianfranco Fini [official profile] said Monday that Italy will not accept detainees released from the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Fini made the announcement after a meeting with US House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) [official profile] in Rome, and it contradicts earlier statements [ANSA report] by [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday began the trial [Phnom Penh Post report] of former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek-Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder; court materials]. Kaing, also known as "Duch," faces charges [scheduling order, PDF; JURIST report] of murder and torture in addition to charges [closing order, PDF; [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The administration of US President Barack Obama [official profile] on Monday proposed the development of a binding international treaty to regulate global mercury [DOS backgrounder] levels. The announcement by US State Department [official website] Deputy Assistant Secretary for Environment and Sustainable Development Daniel Reifsnyder came at the 25th Session [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Prosecutor General's Office [official website, in Russian] said Monday that additional charges will be filed [press release, in Russian] against Russian oil magnate Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. The charges include allegations of embezzlement and theft, contending that Khodorkovsky and a group of investors embezzled [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Pakistan [JURIST news archive] reached an agreement Monday with Islamic militants in the Pakistani North West Frontier Province (NWFP) area of Swat to implement Islamic Sharia law [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to Pakistani government officials. The implementation of Sharia law in Swat is contingent [read more]

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