Legal news from Friday, December 31, 2004
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Ricardo Palmera, aka "Simon Trinidad", the most senior leader of the controversial Colombian rebel group FARC was extradited to the United States Friday to face drug smuggling and kidnapping charges. Colombian President Alvaro Uribe agreed to Palmera's release to US authorities after the rebel group failed to release any [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] In what appears to be the first move of its kind by a western country, the government of Canada has announced that it will expedite immigration requests for victims of last Sunday's South Asian tsunami who have relatives in Canada. The move is expected to bring in some 5000 [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Sudan (official website here) and anti-government rebels in the south of the country Friday signed the final parts of a peace deal ending some 21 years of war in the oil-rich region. The deal fulfills a commitment made to the UN Security Council to resolve the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Justice Department late Thursday posted on its website a revised and expanded interpretation of criminal "torture" under the US Code (18 USC ss. 2340-2340A) a week before White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales, who oversaw the development of a narrower interpretation articulated in a controversial August 2002 memo [PDF], [read more]

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