Legal news from Friday, April 24, 2009
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [official website] rejected [opinion, PDF] Friday a lawsuit by four UK citizens and former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees against former US defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] and other military officials. The court's [read more]

14:04 EDT

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[JURIST] Fijian Attorney General Aiyaz Sayed Khaiyum said Friday that the government would name new judges [RNZ audio] to replace those discharged following the suspension [JURIST report] of the country's constitution by President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] two weeks ago. Speaking to Radio New Zealand (RNZ), Khaiyum said that [read more]

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[JURIST] North Korean state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) [media website] reported Friday that two US journalists arrested in March will stand trial. While the charges remain unclear, it is possible the journalists will face charges of espionage [AP report]. According to the South Korea Ministry of Unification [official [read more]

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[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [BBC profile] lifted the emergency rule decree [text, PDF] Friday and promised constitutional reforms to bring stability back to Thailand after months of protests and violence. The state of emergency [JURIST report], which went into force on April 11, was an attempt to control [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs said Thursday that the Obama administration opposes the formation of an independent commission to investigate Bush administration interrogation techniques. During a press conference aboard Air Force One on Wednesday, Gibbs said that the president had not left the door open to a commission [read more]

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[JURIST] A Spanish court assigned a new judge Thursday to decide whether to prosecute members of the Bush administration behind the establishment of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center, a court spokesperson told CNN [CNN report]. Eloy Velasco will replace Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURST news archive] in [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Four former Serbian policemen were convicted [BETA report] Thursday of the killing of 48 Albanian civilians in Suva Reka during the war in Kosovo [State Department backgrounder] in 1999. Their trial in a Serbian war crimes court began in October 2005 with eight men accused of rounding up and [read more]

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[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Thursday testified [webcast] in front of a House Appropriations subcommittee [official website] that he is willing to release as much information as possible in regards to interrogation techniques used on Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Holder said that the recent [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Rafik Alhami [NYT profile] filed suit [complaint, PDF] Thursday in the US District Court for the District of New Jersey [official website] alleging that Alhami was tortured before the Bush administration approved of the techniques. The suit claims [Star-Ledger report] [read more]

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[JURIST] US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] officials said Thursday that they would release at least 44 photographs [letter, PDF] "depicting the treatment of detainees in Iraq and Afghanistan," pursuant to a court order. In a letter sent to Judge Alvin Hellerstein of the US District Court for the [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Canadian Federal Court ruled [judgment, PDF] Thursday that Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official website] must advocate for the repatriation of Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. Khadr claims that the Canadian government's refusal to request repatriation from the US violates the Canadian Charter of Rights [read more]

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