Legal news from Sunday, October 31, 2004
20:10 EDT

[JURIST] A special three member military panel will hear motions Monday to dismiss terrorism charges [PDF] against Australian Taliban member David Hicks. Hicks, who is scheduled to stand trial in January on war crimes charges, is among 550 terror suspects being held as enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay. Hick's attorneys [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's version of the US terrorism watch list that bans suspicious passengers from boarding airplanes has been delayed amid legal and financial concerns. Opponents of the government-generated list contend it will violate the guarantee of free mobility under the Canadian Charter of Rights of Freedoms and federal privacy laws. [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Jordanian businessman Bilal al-Hiyari was convicted Sunday of raising funds for Abu-Musab al-Zarqawi and sentenced to six months in jail by a Jordanian military court. He was, however, acquitted of conspiring in actual attacks on US forces in Iraq. Al-Hiyari allegedly struck up a personal relationship with al-Zarqawi when [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Ukrainian presidential election was carried out with minimal procedural violations, Russian Ambassador to Ukraine Viktor Chernomyrdin said Sunday. Exit polls showed that Ukrainian Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovych and liberal challenger Viktor Yushchenko were the top vote getters. Yushchenko reportedly earned more votes, but neither top candidate won the [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Parliament Sunday approved a bill to allow the government to continue uranium enrichment. The Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty does not ban Iran from enriching uranium, but the country is facing increased pressure from European nations to halt its nuclear activity. The UN nuclear watchdog has offered Iran a supply [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The militant Islamic group the Army of Muslims (Jaish-e-Muslimeen) that has kidnapped three UN relief employees in Afghanistan - British-Irish woman Annetta Flanigan, Kosovar woman Shqipe Hebibi and Filipino diplomat Angelito Nayan - is calling for the release of Afghan prisoners in Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay, and the withdrawal [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Federal judges in Ohio and New Jersey are expected to rule Monday on whether voter challenges can be raised at the polls. Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell is seeking to prevent voter challenges in his state because they are primarily targeted at polling locations that serve poor and [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Apart from election news, Sunday's New York Times highlights a decision by the US Court of Federal Claims permitting "the loyal Mdewakanton," a group of Native Americans, to seek land and income from three Minnesota reservations that received land promised to the Mdewakanton. The Times also covers Congress' approval [read more]

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