Legal news from Saturday, July 1, 2006
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Mexican president Luis Echeverria [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] was under house arrest Saturday after a Mexican appeals court ruled Friday that it had enough evidence to charge him with genocide in connection with his role in putting down a 1968 student revolt [backgrounder] in which dozens, perhaps [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The head of a European inspection team tasked with evaluating the US prison camp at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] said Friday that there may be only 30-40 "real" cases of terrorism there and recommended that the facility be shut down by the end of 2007. Anne-Marie Lizin [official [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] An African Union panel recommended [HRW release] on Friday that former Chadian president Hissene Habre [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive], accused of committing torture, mass killings, and other abuses in the 1980s, face trial in Africa instead of in Belgium, which last September issued an international arrest warrant [JURIST [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors Friday argued that the homes and other assets owned by former Enron [corporate website] executives Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profiles] were obtained by fraud, and petitioned a judge to order the two men to turn over nearly $183 million in assets. Last month, a [read more]

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[JURIST] The new Human Rights Council of the United Nations [official website] voted Friday to review alleged human rights [JURIST news archive] abuses by Israel [JURIST news archive] in all future council sessions, a move which was protested by both Israel and the US as unfair. Islamic countries lobbied in [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesman for California Attorney General Bill Lockyer [official website] Friday criticized the California State Office of Homeland Security [official website] for tracking antiwar protests over the past few months, calling it a violation of civil liberties. Reports obtained by the Los Angeles Times document protests including a demonstration [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for several Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainees claimed Friday that the US military had seized letters from them to their clients and had also taken other legal papers from their clients in an investigation into three inmate suicides [JURIST report] at the camp last month. Defense Department officials [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sen. John Warner (R-VA) [official website] said Friday that Congress must be cautious about passing an alternative to military commissions [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], which were struck down [JURIST report] by the US Supreme Court [official website] earlier this week. Warner is [read more]

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