Legal news from Tuesday, July 6, 2010
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] on Tuesday filed suit [complaint, PDF; supporting brief, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] seeking to permanently enjoin the state's controversial new immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive]. The complaint states that the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister David Cameron [official website] said Tuesday that he will create a panel to investigate claims that British government agents were complicit in the torture of terrorism suspects held overseas. The inquiry comes after 12 ex-detainees brought civil cases against the government, claiming that British agents took [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army [official website] on Tuesday formally charged [press release] Pfc. Bradley Manning [advocacy website] for leaking a controversial classified video [YouTube video] of a 2007 US helicopter strike in Iraq and classified State Department [official website] documents. Manning faces two charges [charge sheet, PDF] under the Uniform [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) [official website] announced Tuesday that several Israeli soldiers will face disciplinary action [press release] for their role in the 2008-2009 Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the Gaza strip. The announcement was made following an independent Israeli investigation [JURIST report] into [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday ordered a lower court to reopen the investigation into the death of Spanish cameraman Jose Couso [advocacy website, in Spanish] who was mortally wounded by US tank fire in Iraq in 2003. Details as to why the court decided [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lankan pro-government protesters on Tuesday demanded the UN end plans to have an international panel [JURIST report] investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the last months of the Sri Lankan civil war [JURIST news archive]. The protesters, led by Sri Lankan cabinet member Wimal Weerawansa, demonstrated outside [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) on Tuesday charged the eldest son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with corruption for allegedly laundering three million dollars through bank accounts in Singapore. Police officials stated that the ACC filed suit against Tarique Rahman [BBC profile] and [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Canada [official website] on Monday ordered the Canadian government [judgment, PDF] to provide Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD Materials; JURIST news archive] with a list of remedies to ameliorate its breach of his constitutional rights. The court held that Khadr, who is a Canadian [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Thai government on Tuesday extended the state of emergency in Bangkok and 18 provinces for another three months based on claims of continuing unrest related to the country's latest round of political violence [JURIST news archive]. Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [official website, in Thai] said the decision [read more]

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