Legal news from Wednesday, March 9, 2005
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Supreme Court [Iranian Judiciary website] has lifted a ban that has kept reformist newspaper Neshat from publishing since 1999. The newspaper was shut down [RFE/RL report] after it criticized the country's penal system, which is based on Islamic Sharia law. Many of the newspaper's staff were arrested in [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Federal lawmakers from Florida have introduced legislation that would allow federal courts to hear habeas petitions involving an incapacitated person whose life support is expected to be removed, allowing the parents of Terri Schiavo to challenge state court rulings allowing her husband to have her feeding tube removed. FL [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesia [JURIST Countries archive] and East Timor's presidents agreed Wednesday to establish a commission to investigate human rights abuses that led to the deaths of more than 1,000 East Timorese in 1999. The Truth and Friendship Commission will be made up of five delegates from each country, and is [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Tuesday opened its case against Alliance Capital Management [corporate website], the company charged with investing the state's employee pension fund in plunging Enron stock. The Florida State Board of Administration [official website] alleges gross negligence, breach of contract and three other state charges stemming from the fund's $313 [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a warning that could portend further legal trouble, Japan's Fair Trade Commission [official website] said Tuesday that computer chip manufacturer Intel [corporate website] should cease practices that violate Japan's Anti-Monopoly Act [text] by pressuring Japanese companies to buy its chips. The commission based its ruling on deals Intel [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] In a Supreme Court report to the National People's Congress, China's Chief Justice Xiao Yang [Xinhuanet profile] said the Supreme People's Court would "further perfect second-instance judgments for criminal cases and death penalty review procedures." The government has suggested that the Supreme Court establish a special tribunal to review [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The vast majority of Tunisia's 1400 lawyers went on a one-day strike Wednesday to protest alleged police brutality last week when 200 police stormed a Tunis court to remove 50 lawyers gathered in opposition to an upcoming visit by Israli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon for the UN-sponsored World Information [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Israeli government-commissioned study of Jewish settlements on the West Bank submitted Tuesday [Israel PMO press release] and made public Wednesday has concluded that 105 outposts are illegal, including 54 built on land not belonging to the Israeli state, of which 15 built on established Palestinian property must be [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Bosnia [government website] opened its own war crimes court in Sarajevo Wednesday in a move hailed by leaders of the international war crimes tribunal at The Hague who anticipate it will absorb some of that court's backlog as well as gradually devolve legal responsibility for prosecuting local war crimes [read more]

10:03 EDT

{JURIST] Taiwanese leaders have condemned the proposed Chinese "anti-secession" law outlined Tuesday [JURIST report] at a meeting of the National People's Congress [government website] in Beijing. The law, the full draft of which has still not been made public, endorses "non-peaceful means" of reunification in the event that peaceful processes [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] suggested to the House Appropriations Committee in testimony [prepared text] Tuesday that terror suspects be legally prohibited from buying guns. Under current federal regulatory practice, highlighted yesterday in a new Government Accountability Office report [PDF], persons suspected of links to terror groups are [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] UK Home Secretary Charles Clarke offered additional concessions on the British government's proposed Prevention of Terrorism Bill [UK Parliament text] Wednesday after the legislation came back from the upper chamber House of Lords riddled with amendments designed to protect traditional civil liberties [UK Parliament text] against potentially-arbitrary state action. [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Ramush Haradinaj, who resigned yesterday as Kosovo prime minister [official website] after being indicted for war crimes [JURIST report] in connection with his activities while a senior commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army in the late 1990s, flew to the Hague Wednesday on a German military plane to face [read more]

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