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Legal news from Thursday, September 16, 2010
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanon should improve its judicial system by providing mechanisms to better protect the basic rights of domestic workers [press release] and more ardently prosecuting those who violate them, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text] released Thursday. The report cites lengthy judicial procedures, stringent visa [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Two terror suspects accused of aiding al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Thursday to three additional charges. On Tuesday, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York [official website] announced [press release] a superseding indictment [text, PDF] against Wesam El-Hanafi and Sabirhan Hasanoff for allegedly [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] announced Thursday that two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to Germany [press release]. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere [official profile, in German] said that state authorities in Hamburg and Rhineland-Palatinate will help the former detainees adapt [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Wednesday asked a federal judge to drop fraud and conspiracy charges against a former Merrill Lynch executive accused of taking part in the Enron [corporate website; JURIST news archive] Nigerian barge scam. James Brown was convicted [JURIST report], along with [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday indicted [press release] four former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] leaders. The indicted leaders, Ieng Sary [JURIST news archive], Ieng Thirith [case materials], Khieu Samphan [JURIST news archive] and Nuon Chea [JURIST report], have [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] ruled [case materials; press release] Tuesday that communication between in-house lawyers and management is not protected by legal professional privilege during competition investigations by the European Commission (EC) [official website]. The ECJ found that, in order for the privilege to exist, the [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Long Island man was charged Wednesday with providing funds to the man who attempted to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in May. The US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York, FBI and New York Police Department [official websites] filed an indictment [press release, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Senegalese security forces are engaging in systematic torture, often leading to the death of those detained, according to a report [text, PDF] released Wednesday by Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. AI claims that this leaves victims' families with no recourse against security forces because the prosecution of members of [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Kyrgyzstan issued the first convictions Wednesday in connection with the June 2010 ethnic violence [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive], handing down prison terms for eight ethnic Uzbeks. The case stems from the murder of a Kyrgyz police officer during the violence, which resulted in the deaths [read more]

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