Legal news from Sunday, October 3, 2004
21:10 EDT

Iraqi minister of human rights Bakhtiar Ameen announced Sunday the release of 1000 Iraqi detainees for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. The detainees are currently being held at Abu Ghraib and Om Qasir prisons. From Baghdad, Xinhuanet has more. JURIST's Paper Chase offers extensive coverage of Iraq-related legal news [read more]

20:10 EDT

On Monday, a full nine-member judicial panel of the House of Lords will consider if the UK government has the right to detain terror suspects without trial. The suspects are being detained under the Anti-Terrorism, Crime and Security Act ("ATCSA"). ATCSA allows for imprisonment without trial of foreign nationals identified [read more]

19:10 EDT

In an abrupt change of policy late Saturday, the Italian government sent three planeloads of illegal immigrants back to Libya. More returns were expected Sunday. Previously, immigrants arriving from the north African country were received on the island of Lampedusa and taken to refugee camps on the mainland. According to [read more]

17:10 EDT

Libyan leader Muammar GadDafi has pledged his help to free Ken Bigley, the British engineer kidnapped in Iraq last month, according to a report Sunday by Britain's Press Association. After Bigley's brother Paul contacted Gaddafi's London-based son Saif for assistance, members of the Gaddafi family promised to talk to their [read more]

16:10 EDT

In Haiti, three politicians associated with exiled president Aristide have been arrested after appearing on Radio Caraibes to comment on pro-Aristide Lavalas Family Party demonstrations that have erupted in violence in recent days, culminating in the murder of at least three policemen and the apparent decision by some police to [read more]

15:10 EDT

On Monday lawyers for students in some of the poorest school districts in Massachusetts will have 15 minutes to persuade the state's Supreme Judicial Court that the state has yet to meet its constitutional obligation to provide an adequate education to every child in the state. Monday's hearing is the [read more]

09:10 EDT

French police reported Sunday the arrest of 18-21 people believed to be members of the Basque separatist group, ETA. ETA has waged a campaign of terror throughout the European Union, fighting for the creation of an sovereign Basque state in southern France and northern Spain. The terrorist group is believed [read more]

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