Legal news from Tuesday, November 16, 2010
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Tuesday for Egyptian authorities to promptly and thoroughly investigate [press release] the death of 19-year-old Ahmed Shaaban who was allegedly tortured in police custody. Shaaban went missing from his hometown in Alexandria, Egypt, on November 7 and was found dead in a canal [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday denied a defense motion for mistrial in the trial of ex-Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive]. The motion came after an anonymous juror's note was read [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK government on Tuesday announced a settlement with 16 Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees over allegations of torture. Details of the settlement agreement, which are legally bound to a confidentiality agreement, have not been released, although at least seven detainees are expected to receive compensation, with at [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that a New Hampshire law requiring schools to schedule voluntary recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance is constitutional. The Freedom From Religion Foundation (FFRF) [advocacy website], its members Jan and Pat Doe, and their [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Thai government on Tuesday extradited alleged Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to the US to stand trial. The Thai Cabinet [official website, in Thai] approved the extradition [Bangkok Post report] and handed Bout over to US law enforcement officials for immediate departure to [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] voted Monday to ban animal cruelty or crush videos, revising the 1999 legislation [18 USC § 48 text] that was struck down by the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] in April. The Prevention of Interstate Commerce in Animal Crush [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] unanimously Monday that illegal immigrants are eligible to receive in-state tuition benefits at California's public colleges and universities. The plaintiffs in the class action suit, brought by the Immigration Reform Law Institute (IRLI) [advocacy website], had alleged [complaint, PDF] that [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lebanese authorities on Monday arrested Syrian national and radical Muslim cleric, Omar Bakri Mohammed, less than a week after he was convicted of terrorism by a military court. Bakri was after a gunfire riddled car chase arrested [LAT report] in the northern city of Tripoli where he had been [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A suspected Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) war criminal was arrested [press release] Monday in connection with the 1995 Srebrenica massacre during the end of 1992-95 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archives]. The Prosecutors Office for BiH [official website] announced that Dragan Crnogorac was arrested in the city of Banja [read more]

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