Legal news from Monday, May 29, 2006
13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US military said Monday that the number of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees participating in a hunger strike has increased from 3 to about 75. Navy Cmdr. Robert Durand described the strike as an effort to attract attention. He speculated that it may be related to the [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A UN official Monday warned members of fundamentalist Islamic and secular warlord militias fighting for control of the Somali capital of Mogadishu “that any deliberate attempt to prevent wounded or civilians receiving assistance and protection during fighting in the city may constitute elements of future war crimes.” Fighting between [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Corps General Peter Pace [official profile], chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff [official website], declined comment Monday on the Pentagon's investigation into the November 2005 killings of up to two dozen Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] in the troubled city of Haditha, in the western Anbar [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court in Dhaka Monday sentenced seven Islamic militants, including leaders Shayek Abdur Rahman of Jamaat-ul Mujahideen [SATP backgrounder] and Siddikul Islam Bangla Bhai of Jagrata Muslim Janata Bangladesh [SATP backgrounder], to death for the murder of two judges [JURIST report] in a bomb attack last year. Both [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The defense team for Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] on Monday called several witnesses to testify on behalf of Awad al-Bandar [Wikipedia profile], head of the court responsible for sentencing 148 Shiites to death [execution order] after a 1982 assassination attempt against the former Iraqi leader in the town [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] EU foreign ministers wrapping up a two day meeting [JURIST report] in Austria Sunday agreed to extend the "period of reflection" on the stalled European constitution [JURIST news archive] for another year through the end of the German presidency of the EU in June 2007, but floated the possibility [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] and FBI Director Robert Mueller [official profile] held a private meeting with representatives from major internet service providers late last week urging them to retain customer internet activities to combat child pornography. The meeting, reported by CNET, follows a speech [text; JURIST [read more]

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