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Legal news from Thursday, July 8, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Theresa May [official profile] on Thursday announced interim stop-and-search guidelines for suspected terrorists in response to a January ruling [JURIST report] by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], which found that searches performed by police without legitimate suspicion are illegal. Following the judgment, [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Cuban government on Thursday began the process of releasing political prisoners as part of an agreement with the Roman Catholic Church [church website], which was brokered by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos [official website, in Spanish]. Under the agreement, five prisoners will be released [AP report] within [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Thursday upheld a Swedish law [judgment text] restricting Internet gambling. The suit was brought by the publishers of two Swedish newspapers, Expressen and Aftonbladet, which both ran online gambling advertisements for several foreign agencies in 2004. The Swedish lottery law [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday suspended the trial [press release] of accused Congolese militia leader Thomas Lubanga Dyilo [case materials; JURIST news archive], stating that the trial could not proceed until the prosecution obeyed the judge's orders to disclose specific information [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Woolwich Crown Court on Thursday convicted three British Muslims [press release] for attempting to blow up transatlantic planes leaving London's Heathrow Airport [corporate website] in 2006. Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zahman [GlobalSecurity profiles] were part of a conspiracy to detonate liquid bombs hidden in [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe's European Commission Against Racism and Intolerance (ECRI) [official website] reported Thursday that racist violence and rhetoric has risen [report, PDF; press release] in Europe during 2009, following the recent economic crisis [JURIST news archive]. According to the report, the economic crisis has led to a [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Thursday stayed the extradition of four terrorism suspects from the UK to the US, holding that potential punishment could violate Human Rights Convention [text] provisions on the prohibition of torture and inhumane or degrading treatment. The court issued the [read more]

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[JURIST] The EU Parliament [official website] on Thursday approved the adoption of an agreement [text, PDF; press release] giving the US access to bank data in order to track the finances of suspected terrorists. Under the agreement, the US can use the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program (TFTP) [fact sheet] to [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday announced charges [press release] against five members of al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] allegedly involved in the New York City subway bomb plot in September 2009. The attempted bombing is thought to be part of a larger plot that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] released a partially redacted opinion [text, PDF] Wednesday denying habeas corpus relief to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Fawzi Khalid Abdullah Fahad Al Odah [JURIST news archive]. In its opinion, the court affirmed the district [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Sudanese terrorism suspect held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty [press release] on Wednesday before a military judge to charges of conspiracy and providing material support for terrorism. Ibrahim Ahmed Mahmoud al Qosi [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] admitted that he supported al Qaeda [JURIST news [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Hamburg Commissioner for Data Protection and Freedom of Information [official website, in German] announced Wednesday that he has initiated legal proceedings against Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] for accessing and saving non-users' personal information. Dr. Johannes Caspar [official profile, in German] stated the social networking site could be [read more]

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