Legal news from Wednesday, March 8, 2006
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Appropriations Committee [official website] late Wednesday voted 62-2 to amend an emergency appropriations bill for Iraq and Gulf Coast reconstruction with a provision [PDF] blocking a controversial takeover of operations at six US ports [JURIST news archive] by United Arab Emirates-owned Dubai Ports World [corporate website]. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Yemen Wednesday called for the death penalty against the editor of a Yemen newspaper who republished cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad [JURIST news archive] originally printed in a Danish newspaper in September. Muhammad al-Asadi was arrested [JURIST report] last month with three other editors at the Yemen [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] will take up the issue of Iran's nuclear program after Mohamed ElBaradei, director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency [official website], transmitted his official report [PDF text] on Iran's nuclear program to the Security Council Wednesday. ElBaradei told the IAEA Board of [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] sentencing trial [case docket] heard testimony Wednesday that, during a visit to Malaysia in 1999, a man matching Moussaoui's description told Islamic militant Fauzi bin Abu Bakar Bafana that he he'd had a dream about flying a commercial airliner into [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's chief inspector of prisons has expressed concern after Muslim inmates in London's maximum-security Belmarsh Prison [official website] - dubbed "the UK's Guantanamo Bay" [BBC report] by the British press - told authorities that the staff did not understand their social and religious behavior. Chief Inspector Anne Owers said [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US State Department [official website] on Wednesday named North Korea, Burma and Iran among the world's biggest human rights offenders in its 2005 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices [State Dept. materials; Rice statement video], saying that "countries in which power is concentrated in the hands of unaccountable [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The chief prosecutor for the military commissions [US DOD materials] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] denied Tuesday that detainees at the facility were tortured, but acknowledged the vagueness of the definition of torture itself. USAF Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] of the Pentagon's Office of Military Commissions [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian officials have criticized prison officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] for failing to prevent the suicide [JURIST report] of Milan Babic [ICTY case backgrounder, JURIST news archive], former wartime leader of Croatia's rebel Serbs during the Balkan wars. Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee [official website] will vote in April on legislation [S. 2008 text] to improve port security at American ports, according to committee chair Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) [official website]. Collins hopes that the recent controversy over the purchase of control of [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Leading Wednesday's international brief, a bill passed by the out-going Fatah party in the Palestinian Authority which granted Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] greater presidential powers, including the power to set up a constitutional court [JURIST report] staffed by judges picked by the president, has been referred to [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Appellate judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] on Wednesday reduced the sentence [press release] of former Bosnian Serb army commander Momir Nikolic [ICTY case backgrounder] to 20 years, saying the lower chamber erred by failing to recognize Nikolic's cooperation with prosecutors. As part [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] Majority Republicans on the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] agreed Tuesday to establish a new seven-member subcommittee to oversee surveillance methods [press release] utilized by President George W. Bush's domestic spying program [JURIST news archive], but passed up a proposed full-scale investigation [Sen. Jay Rockefeller motion, [read more]

05:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] questioned the legality of the "arbitrary detention" of thousands of Iraqis by Coalition and Iraqi forces in his latest periodic report [PDF] to the UN Security Council on the situation in Iraq released Tuesday. Annan suggested that although international law allows for internment [read more]

04:03 EDT

[JURIST Europe] UK Foreign Office Minister Kim Howells [official profile] has warned that operations at the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST news archive] threaten democracy and has urged the closing of the facility in order to restore faith in the "shared values" of Britain and the US. [read more]

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