Legal news from Monday, December 19, 2005
15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Manfred Nowak, the UN's Special Rapporteur on Torture [official website], has called for Germany to prosecute the Uzbek Minister of Internal Affairs, Zokirjon Almatov, for his handling of the May 2005 Andijan uprising [HRW backgrounder]. A group of survivors and the New York-based Human Rights Watch have filed a [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Kizza Besigye [BBC profile], Uganda's jailed opposition leader, and 22 co-defendants pleaded not guilty Monday to treason charges [JURIST report] for which they face the death penalty. Besigye has also been accused of rape and he pleaded not guilty to that charge as well. Also Monday, proceedings were suspended [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak [official profile; BBC profile] said Monday that he will continue with democratic reforms in Egypt and pledged to work with opposition to move "forward on the path of democracy." Mubarak's address to parliament follows several weeks of parliamentary elections, which were marred by violence and [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] President Bush on Monday slammed the Senate's failure to renew [JURIST report] the USA Patriot Act [PDF text; JURIST news archive] as "inexcusable," saying the legislation is a crucial part of the government's efforts to prevent future terror attacks. Several sections of the anti-terror law are set to expire [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] reported Monday that the US murder rate rose 2.1 percent [press release] during the first six months of 2005, though rates for other significant offenses, such as rape and arson, are on the decline. In its Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report [FBI [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website], ruled Monday that Uganda violated the sovereignty of the Democratic Republic of Congo during a 1998-2003 war [BBC backgrounder] and was responsible for human rights abuses and the plundering of Congolese natural resources. The UN court ordered Uganda to pay reparations for [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] At least 24 former officials from the former Iraqi regime of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] have been released from jail, an Iraqi lawyer said Monday. The former officials released include Rihab Taha [BBC report], the biological weapons expert known as "Dr. Germ", and Huda Salih Mahdi Ammash [BBC [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A German court on Monday acquitted former Nazi commander Ladislav Niznansky [BBC report] on murder charges stemming from three World War II massacres in Slovakia. The 88-year-old former Slovak army commander faced 164 counts of murder in connection with massacres in two Slovak villages and a later uprising against [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] early Monday morning passed legislation that would ban the torture of terror detainees and would require that detainees in US custody be treated humanely. The military spending bills also contain provisions that would limit the ability of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] During a press conference Monday morning, US President George W. Bush [official profile] defended his authorization [JURIST report] of the National Security Agency's eavesdropping on US residents [JURIST report], saying he has the constitutional responsibility and constitutional authority as commander-in-chief to protect Americans from the ongoing terror threat. Bush [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Eight detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] have told their lawyers that they were tortured at a secret prison in Afghanistan, according to report released Sunday by the New York-based Human Rights Watch [advocacy website]. The detainees separately provided "consistent accounts" of being flown to Afghanistan in [read more]

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