Legal news from Saturday, June 10, 2006
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Serge Brammertz [official profile, JURIST news archive], deputy prosecutor of the International Criminal Court and head of the UN International Independent Investigation Commission [UN materials] probing the February 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], delivered the panel's latest report to UN Secretary-General Kofi [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Army has announced that three as-yet-unidentified Guantanamo detainees died early this morning local time in apparent multiple suicides. An official investigation is already underway. These are the first suicides confirmed among prisoners at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] since the facility housing US terror suspects at the [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile] on Saturday set July 26 as the date for a referendum [JURIST report] in which Palestinians will vote on whether to establish a Palestinian state and implicitly recognize Israel. Palestinians will vote on the "national reconciliation" document [text; summary], which was written by [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The number of worldwide refugees reached its lowest number since 1980 [UNHCR press release] in 2005, but the overall number of internally displaced people in the world has increased dramatically, according to a report [text, PDF] released Friday by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] An internal report [text] conducted by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website] and released Friday has concluded that UN authorities were not at fault and there was no criminal conduct [press release] in the March 5 suicide [JURIST report] of Croatian Serb leader Milan Babic [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal appeals court ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday to suppress three documents which contained information that the US Department of the Interior [official website] allegedly destroyed documents related to a class-action lawsuit brought by Native Americans [DOI Indian Trust Fund website], who claim they are owed tens of billions [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Food and Drug Administration [official website] said Friday that new rules [press release] requiring wholesalers to be able to track prescription drugs will take effect in December. The rules stem from the Prescription Drug Marketing Act of 1987 [summary], a law aimed at combating drug counterfeiting [FDA [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday to allow two anti-abortion health care groups to intervene in a California lawsuit [complaint, PDF] regarding the federal Weldon Amendment [backgrounder], which prohibits federal money from going to federal, state and local governments that [read more]

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