Legal news from Monday, February 20, 2006
19:02 EDT

[JURIST] Echoing views expressed [JURIST report] by US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld last week, US Undersecretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs and one-time top Bush aide Karen Hughes [official profile] Monday defended US practices at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] and rejected the United Nations call [read more]

19:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine official said Monday that Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Milan Lukic [JURIST news archive] has been handed over [JURIST report] to the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] and is now headed to The Hague for trial. Lukic [ICTY case backgrounder], who was arrested [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Danish ambassador to Saudi Arabia has said that Denmark will take steps to ban religious slander in accordance with Danish and European laws, according to reports Monday. As a result of the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive], Ambassador Hanz Kingburgh met with Muslim [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ayman Nour [BBC profile], the Egyptian opposition leader jailed [JURIST report] for forgery after his unsuccessful campaign last year, has filed an appeal and requested a suspension of his five-year sentence until the appeals court can rule on the matter, his lawyers said Monday. In his appeal, Nour's lawyers [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese government is planning to put English translations of its business-related laws on the internet in order to avoid their misinterpretation by foreign companies. Right now there are no official translations, although unofficial private English translations of multiple Japanese statutes [examples] have been online for years. On April [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The United States and Vietnam have ended a three-year suspension on talks regarding human rights and religious freedoms [HRW backgrounder] in the communist country, Barry Lowenkron [official profile], US Assistant Secretary for the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labour [official website] said Monday. The suspension began when the [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The next nominee to the Supreme Court of Canada [official website] will face televised questioning from a parliamentary committee [press release], Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile] announced Monday. Justice John Major [official profile] retired from the court in December, and his replacement will be the first-ever nominee to [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) [group website], the world's largest general scientific society, has denounced legislation and policies [statement, PDF; press release] that "undermine evolution" and "deprive students of the education they need to be informed and productive citizens," referring specifically to pending legislation in [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] British officials from the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) [official website] who are investigating the killing of Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes, who was mistakenly shot by London police last year after the London bombings [JURIST news archive], plan to charge the officers who oversaw the operation with tampering with [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] McDonald's [corporate website] is facing multiple legal actions after the fast-food giant admitted last week that milk and wheat ingredients are used to flavor its trademark french fries. Lawsuits in Illinois, California and Florida have been filed by two people claiming intolerance to gluten, a protein found in wheat, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights groups have condemned the Egyptian Higher Judiciary Council's decision to strip three judges of immunity [JURIST report] after they protested voting irregularities [JURIST report] during the December parliamentary elections. Members of a group known as the Judges Club, the three were charged with defamation after they refused [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] Sunday refused to stay the execution [opinion] of Michael Morales [NCADP profile], but in a second decision [PDF text] also approved the presence of a doctor at his execution Tuesday morning to ensure that Morales is unconscious and [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] British historian David Irving [BBC profile, personal website] has pleaded guilty before an Austrian criminal court to charges [JURIST report] of denying the World War II Holocaust [BBC backgrounder]. Irving, 68, was arrested in Austria [JURIST report] in November pursuant to a 1989 warrant based on two speeches in [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Belgium has become the first country in the world to ban the manufacture and use of cluster bombs following passage of legislation [PDF text; bill summary in French] by a sound majority of its lower house of parliament. The legislation had already passed in the upper house of parliament [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] has again said that his country refuses to extradite [JURIST report] any Sudanese citizens for prosecution by the International Criminal Court [official website]. In remarks made during this weekend's celebration of the golden jubilee of the Sudanese Judiciary, al-Bashir said that only Sudan [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN) [official website] said Sunday that existing legislation governing domestic surveillance [JURIST news archive] does not need to be rewritten or updated. Appearing on CBS News' Face the Nation, Frist also said that he believed that the National Security Agency does not need to [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French, German, and British ambassadors to the US on Sunday called for the United States to close the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention camp, with French Ambassador Jean-David Levitte [official profile] going so far as to call the facility "an embarrassment." The critical remarks come on the [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Monday's international brief, the Israeli Cabinet has agreed to impose a hefty series of sanctions against the Palestinian Authority (PA) [JURIST news archive] unless the ruling party of Hamas [MIPT backgrounder] commits to non-violence and drops its call for the destruction of Israel. Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud [read more]

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