Legal news from Friday, March 5, 2010
13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Justice Minister Rob Nicholson [official profile] announced Friday that a former Supreme Court of Canada [official website] judge will review documents detailing Canadian forces' treatment of Afghan detainees before the documents are released to Parliament [official website]. Nicholson appointed former judge Frank Iacobucci [UToronto backgrounder] to review the [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] White House advisers are considering recommending that accused 9/11 co-conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] be tried in a military court rather than through the civilian criminal justice system, according to Friday reports. The Washington Post reported [WP report] that Obama's legal advisers are finishing their [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) [official website] announced [press release] on Friday the creation of a working group of rights experts to monitor the support offered to disabled Haitians as they attempt to recover from the damage caused by the January earthquake [NYT [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] French prosecutors on Friday filed preliminary terrorism charges against the suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive], along with two other people who are believed to be senior members of the group. A judicial source said that the charges against the alleged ETA [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The president of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Thursday that Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will eventually face justice [prepared remarks] in The Hague. Speaking in London before the British House of Commons [official website], Judge Sang-Hyun Song [official profile] addressed controversy [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for seven Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] filed a motion [text, PDF] Thursday to remand proceedings from the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official websites]. The motion comes [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official profile] testified [video] to the Iraq Inquiry [official website] on Friday that he remains convinced that the decision to participate in the 2003 Iraq invasion was the appropriate course of action. Brown discussed his approval of military funding while serving as head of [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs [official website] voted 23-22 Tuesday to adopt a resolution [H Res 252 text] that recognizes the Ottoman Empire's treatment of Armenians between 1915 and 1923 as genocide [JURIST news archive]. In his opening remarks [text], committee chairman Howard Berman (D-CA) [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday heard an unlawful prosecution case [press release] brought by bankrupt oil company Yukos [JURIST news archive] against the Russian government for allegedly illegally prosecuting the company for tax violations. Representatives of Yukos said they brought the case in [read more]

06:03 EDT

[JURIST] Imam Ahmad Afzali pleaded guilty Thursday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] to charges of lying to FBI agents in connection with a plot to detonate explosives in the New York City subway system. Afzali faces up to six months in [read more]

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