Legal news from Wednesday, June 14, 2006
21:06 EDT

[JURIST] Luis Moreno Ocampo [official profile], chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court [official website], told the UN Security Council Wednesday that his investigation into crimes against humanity in Darfur [ICC materials] has documented thousands of killings of civilians, large scale massacres, and hundreds of rapes that he anticipates will [read more]

20:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Budget Committee [official website] on Wednesday approved legislation that would give the president a line-item veto over individual provisions in spending bills. The Legislative Line-Item Veto Act of 2006 [text, PDF; summary, PDF] is weaker than the 1996 line-item veto legislation [text, PDF] that the US [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) Secretary General Terry Davis concluded in a new report [text, DOC] published Wednesday that many European governments do not have adequate administrative, judicial, or parliamentary control mechanisms to ensure that their airspace and aircraft are not being used for illegal rendition programs. As part of [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Three independent UN experts in the areas of judicial independence and freedom of expression expressed "grave concern" [statement] for "recent attacks against the judiciary of Egypt," and for detaining protesters [JURIST report] who rallied in support of several reform-oriented judges. Specifically, the experts condemned a disciplinary panel decision [JURIST [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld 40-year prison sentences for four former members of a special police unit that took orders from then-Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] to kill ex-Serb President Ivan Stambolic [Guardian obituary] in August 2000. Belgrade's special court convicted eight men of the [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday seeking to force the US Department of Defense to reveal information collected for a domestic terrorist threats database that was allegedly used to spy on peaceful anti-war protesters across the United States. In February, the ACLU [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement Service (ICE) [official website] has arrested over 2,000 illegal immigrants [press release] since May 26 in an effort to crackdown on deported gang members, pedophiles and violent felons who snuck back into the US, officials said Wednesday. Under the nationwide "Operation Return to [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] France's Court of Cassation [official website], the highest court in the country, on Wednesday upheld the conviction of American financier George Soros [Soros.org profile] on insider trading charges. Soros said he plans to appeal the ruling to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website]. An appeals court [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] and Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] have agreed to meet to consult on procedures to govern the appeal of sentences for sex offenses after Reid objected to a judge's sentence as "too lenient" and demanded that Goldsmith's office take it to [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the three Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who committed suicide [JURIST report] have questioned why it took the US military Wednesday three days to notify them of their clients' deaths, saying the delay caused unnecessary distress for the detainees' families. The lawyers also said the failure [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Romano Prodi [official website, in Italian; BBC profile] is calling for a renewed effort to pass the European constitution [official website; JURIST news archive] after next year's French elections. Prodi spoke in Vienna on Tuesday during a meeting with Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schussel [official website; Wikipedia [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee who was formally cleared of terror charges said Wednesday that the US State Department is speaking with the Canadian government to secure his client's release to that country. Canada would have to issue a minister's permit under the Immigration [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UK law lords ruled [opinion] Wednesday that three British men and one Canadian man who claim to have been tortured in Saudi Arabian jails [BBC report] after confessing to participating in a series of terrorist bombings [BBC backgrounder] in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in 2000 and 2001 cannot sue [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Wednesday convicted 24 Muslim defendants of "criminal association in relation with a terrorist enterprise" for helping terrorist combatants in Chechnya and for planning an attack to take place in Paris. Another defendant was convicted of using forged papers, and two were acquitted. Prosecutors brought the [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International [advocacy website] on Wednesday accused European states of being "partners in crime" with the United States in the alleged circuit of CIA rendition flights [JURIST news archive] transporting terror suspects to third countries known to use torture. The human rights group, in an open letter [PDF text; [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] said Wednesday that the country was "extremely disappointed" and "distressed" at the release from prison of Abu Bakar Bashir [BBC profile], the Indonesian Muslim cleric jailed in connection to the 2002 Bali bombings [BBC backgrounder]. Bashir was released Wednesday after serving 26 [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations [official website] on Wednesday renewed its calls for the US to immediately close the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in the wake of three detainee suicides [JURIST report] last weekend, saying the suicides were predictable because of the conditions there. In a statement [read more]

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