Legal news from Monday, April 5, 2010
12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for an Algerian national detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Monday filed an emergency motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to block the detainee's transfer to his home country. Petitioner Ahmed Belbacha renewed his request for an [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Sunday ordered 16 members of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) [party website; JURIST news archive] released on bail [MB press release], including deputy chairman Mahmoud Ezzat and spokesperson Essam al-Erian. The members of MB, which has been banned in Egypt [JURIST news archive], were arrested [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australia confirmed Monday that it will accept three Cuban asylum seekers currently held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] Migrations Operation Center. The center, utilized [CIP report] by the US military after the recent Haitian earthquake [JURIST news archive] to house mainly Haitian asylum seekers, is not affiliated [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Customs and Border Protection [official website] has arrested 115 Haitians who have crossed the border illegally since the January 12 earthquake [NYT backgrounder, JURIST news archive], according to Sunday reports. Mark Henry, operations officer for the Border Patrol's Swanton sector [official website], which covers 261 miles of [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai court on Monday dismissed the government's application for an injunction against protesters gathered in Bangkok's business district. The Internal Security Operations Command, under the direction of Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [official profile], applied for an injunction [Bangkok Post report] that would have ordered the protest organizers to [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] called on Uzbekistan Monday to deliver on promises to improve its human rights record. In a speech [text] to the University of World Economy and Diplomacy in Tashkent, Ban challenged the former Soviet republic to live up to its obligations as a signatory [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] German Justice Minister Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger [official profile] on Sunday announced plans to enact a law to increase protections for journalists using information obtained from government sources. Under section 353b of the German Penal Code [text], public officials who release state information can be punished by up to five years [read more]

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