Legal news from Monday, November 21, 2005
19:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Knesset [official website] voted 84-0 Monday in favor of a preliminary motion to dissolve itself shortly after Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon [BBC profile; official website] defected from the right-wing Likud [party website] political party he helped create. Once the bill is finally approved, a parliamentary election [read more]

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[JURIST] Lobbyist Michael Scanlon [Wikipedia profile] pleaded guilty in federal district court Monday to one count of bribery, a charge anticipated [JURIST report] after a DOJ criminal information disclosed Friday accused him of defrauding Indian clients and "providing things of value" to US Representative Bob Ney (R-NY) [official website]. Scanlon [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson [official profile] said in an interview with Reuters reported Monday that the US has lost international influence due to its position on the Iraq war and the its record on the rights of Guantanamo detainees [JURIST news archive], among other [read more]

18:11 EDT

[JURIST] Anonymous officials revealed Monday that a US-European coalition has backed down from earlier threats to refer Iran [JURIST news archive] to the UN Security Council [official website] to account for its allegedly unsafe nuclear program. The officials say the decision not to have the 35 member-countries of the International [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] Following up on a report earlier today in JURIST's Paper Chase, Kenyans voted Monday in a divisive referendum [Reuters backgrounder] that officials said proceeded relatively smoothly, despite minor incidents in Nairobi's largest slum and various allegations of bribery. Voters came out to support or oppose a proposed new constitution [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs [official website] revealed Monday that it is investigating reports that a plane allegedly used by the CIA to transport terror detainees landed at a Canadian airport last week. Montreal newspaper La Presse [media website; in French] said the plane departed from Iceland heading [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russian authorities said Monday that two Chechens accused of murdering [JURIST report] the editor of the Russian version of Forbes, American Paul Klebnikov, in July 2004 will soon face trial, in a statement published on the website of the Prosecutor General [official website; in Russian]. "In the course of [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Tony Blair's proposed terrorism law [text; BBC backgrounder] faced stiff opposition when it reached the House of Lords [official website] Monday. Conservative leader Lord Strathclyde has vowed peers will look at the controversial legislation on "a line by line basis" and some lords indicated that they [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] In an interview with Reuters reported Monday, Chief Justice Rizgar Mohammed Amin of the Iraqi High Criminal Court [official website], also known as the Iraqi Special Tribunal, trying Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and his co-defendants played down security concerns despite the assassination of two defense lawyers [JURIST report], [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The war crimes trial [JURIST news archive] of Slobodan Milosevic [BBC profile] has been further delayed due to Milosevic's poor health, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Judge Patrick Robinson announced Monday. The trial was set to resume Monday after being delayed since last Wednesday [JURIST [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Romanian President Traian Basescu on Monday denied that the US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] has maintained any covert prisons [JURIST report] in the country and has offered to allow investigations of two military bases used by the US military. In an interview [Le Figaro report, in French] in [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Ukraine's Justice Minister Serhiy Holovatiy Monday appealed a Friday court ruling that reinstated [JURIST report] Svyatoslav Piskun as Ukraine's prosecutor general. Piskun was fired by President Viktor Yushchenko [BBC profile], allegedly for investigating the finances of Yushchenko's wife [JURIST report], but was reinstated after a court found his dismissal [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Abu Bakar Bashir [BBC profile], an Indonesian Muslim cleric implicated in the 2002 Bali bombings [BBC backgrounder], said Monday that they will ask that his case be reviewed. Bashir is accused of being the spiritual leader of the Southeast Asian extremist group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [Wikipedia profile], [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [profile] arrived in China [JURIST news archive] Monday for a two week trip, which will include visits to Chinese detention centers [press release] in Beijing, Tibet and the Muslim region of Xinjiang. The trip is a result of nearly 10 years of [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration is urging Bosnian leaders to revise its constitution [text] in time for Tuesday's commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the Dayton Accord [PBS summary] ending the Bosnian war. As the EU starts negotiations to prepare Bosnia for EU membership [AP report] and the US seeks to [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Fifty-six defendants appeared in a Spanish court Monday to face charges that they were members of organizations which supported the Basque separatist group ETA [BBC backgrounder], or Euskadi Ta Askatasuna. Various organizations are believed to have provided financial, political, media, and international support to ETA, which has killed nearly [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan [JURIST news archive] Prosecutor General Kambaraly Kongantiyev told the country's Security Council Monday that the nation is on the verge of anarchy which could result in the loss of state control if authorities fail to deal with organized crime and chaotic protests. Since President Askar Akayev's ouster in [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyans voted Monday in a referendum [Reuters backgrounder] on a new constitution [PDF text]. Voters came out amid fears that violence [JURIST report] might overshadow the voting process, viewed as a dress rehearsal for the 2007 election. The vote is supported by President Mwai Kibaki [official profile], but criticized [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Frans van Anraat [BBC profile], a Dutch businessman accused of supplying chemical agents to Iraq with the knowledge that Saddam Hussein would use them for poison gas attacks, went on trial Monday in the Netherlands on charges of complicity in war crimes and genocide [JURIST report]. Van Anraat is [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] CIA interrogators strictly obey torture laws when trying to obtain information from prisoners, according to CIA Director Porter Goss [CIA profile]. In an interview published Monday, Goss told USA Today that the CIA employs "lawful capabilities to collect vital information and we do it in a variety of unique [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Senior US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] member Sen. Joe Biden (D-DE) [official website], said Sunday that views expressed by US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito [White House profile] on reapportionment in a 1985 document [PDF] could have repercussions for his nomination and lead to a filibuster. This is [read more]

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