Legal news from Thursday, November 17, 2005
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Prime Minister's office Thursday announced the launch of a nationwide investigation into allegations of widespread abuse [JURIST report] occurring at Iraqi-run prisons. 166 Sunni Arabs and 3 Shiite Arabs were found by Americans Sunday night at a secret police prison in Baghdad, and a journalist for Voice [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] Sweden opened up an investigation Thursday into allegations that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] may have landed planes containing terror suspects at Swedish airports several times since 2002. The investigation is one of many currently underway [JURIST report] in various European countries, including Iceland, Scotland, Spain, Romania, [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Three Bahraini citizens, released [JURIST report] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] earlier this month, announced Thursday their intention to sue the United States government for detaining them for over four years without a trial at the prison facility. Additionally, the three former detainees accused military officers of torture [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UN General Assembly committee on Thursday approved a resolution [PDF draft text] that reasserted the UN's concern over the alleged human rights violations occurring in North Korea [JURIST news archive]. In passing the resolution, the committee expressed its "serious concern" over the allegations of torture, public executions, oppression [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile], opposition leader in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive], on Thursday petitioned that country's high court to hear Tsvangirai's legal challenge to President Mugabe's 2002 election victory. As leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [official website] Tsvangirai ran against Mugabe for the presidency [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald [official profile] on Thursday announced criminal fraud charges against Conrad Black [CBC profile] and three other executives at Hollinger International [corporate website] related to the $2.1 billion sale of several hundred Canadian newspapers and alleged abuse of corporate perquisites at Hollinger. The 11-count indictment charged [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The permanent judges of the International Criminal Tribunal for former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday held an Extraordinary Plenary Session to elect the successor to Theodor Meron, whose term as president of the Tribunal expires Thursday. The judges elected Italian Fausto Pocar [ICTY press release] [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for Austria's Interior Ministry [official website] said Thursday that British historian David Irving [BBC profile] has been arrested on a warrant accusing him of denying the Holocaust. Irving has argued in his books that the scale of the extermination of the Jews during World War II has [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] An Article 32 hearing [JAG backgrounder; UCMJ text] has commenced for US Army Second Lt. Erick J. Anderson, accused of murder for his role in the death of an Iraqi teenager who was suffering from severe wounds in the aftermath of a US attack, to determine whether he should [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Paul Bisengimana, former mayor of the Rwandan town Gikoro, pleaded guilty Thursday before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] on charges related to the country's 1994 genocide [BBC backgrounder]. Bisengimana was initially charged [PDF indictment] with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, direct incitement to commit genocide, crimes [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers from the US Department of Justice [official website] recommended that the department reject Georgia's new voter-identification law [PDF text], but were overruled by higher-ranking DOJ officials, according to documents obtained by the Washington Post. Four of five staff members reviewing the Georgia law, as part of the review [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Two US soldiers will face court-martial proceedings [press release] for striking two detainees in their custody at Forward Operating Base Ripley in Afghanistan's Uruzgan province, the US military said Thursday. Army Sgt. Kevin D. Myricks and Army Spc. James R. Hayes face multiple charges including conspiracy to maltreat, dereliction [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a legislative package [press release] Thursday which will allow safety-testing for thousands of chemicals used in everyday products. The Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemicals Act (REACH) [EU backgrounder; BBC Q/A] calls for the registration of approximately 30,000 chemicals produced or imported in [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers in Bangladesh Thursday entered their second day of a boycott on the court system to protest the suicide bombings which killed two judges [JURIST report] earlier this week, as police increased efforts to find individuals suspected to have been involved in the attacks. Militants have been targeting courthouses [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Thursday's international brief, Senior government ministers from South Africa [government website] and Zimbabwe [government website] met Thursday to sign an official agreement strengthening ties between the nations' intelligence, defense, and police services. The agreement creates a joint commission to deal with national defense, promotes the cooperation between the [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] A UN human rights official has called for an investigation into the killings of two defense lawyers representing co-defendants of former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The UN Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions [official website] Philip Alston [NYU Law profile] said an independent investigation [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Interior Minister Bayan Jabr [CBS News profile] said Thursday that reports of abuse [JURIST report] of detainees by Iraqi security forces were exaggerated. Jabr said that only five people discovered at a prison in an Interior Ministry building were malnourished, and that many of those detained were suspected [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A court created by Sudan [JURIST news archive] to try war-crimes suspects for atrocities committed in the Darfur [JURIST news archive] region of the country has sentenced two soldiers to death for the killing of a Sudanese citizen. The court issued the sentences, the first since it was established, [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] An American businessman has been charged with paying hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes to US authorities in charge of the reconstruction in Iraq to obtain millions in contracts, the New York Times reported [NYT report] Thursday. According to the criminal complaint, which was unsealed Wednesday, Philip H. [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Rosemary Collyer [official profile] on Wednesday held Washington Post reporter Walter Pincus in contempt after he failed to reveal confidential sources from a story he reported about an investigation into nuclear scientist Wen Ho Lee [advocacy website]. Lee is seeking the identities of Pincus' sources and [read more]

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