Legal news from Wednesday, July 5, 2006
21:07 EDT

[JURIST] New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg [official profile] testified at the outset of congressional field hearings [JURIST report] on federal immigration reform [JURIST news archive] Wednesday that competing bills passed by the US House and Senate are both unrealistic. Speaking [recorded video; prepared text] before a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thirty-eight people were convicted of corruption Wednesday for rigging public works contracts to finance political parties while now-French President Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] was mayor of Paris in the late 1980s and early '90s. Prosecutors alleged that companies kicked back money spent by the regional Ile-de-France Council [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard [official website; Wikipedia profile] told an emergency session [announcement] of the UN Human Rights Council [official website] Wednesday that Israel's military offensive in the Palestinian-populated Gaza Strip [CIA backgrounder] launched Tuesday in response to the seizure of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] held an emergency meeting Wednesday to consider a draft resolution [text] to impose sanctions on North Korea following Tuesday's missile launches [VOA report]. The five permanent members agreed that the Council should respond to the missile launches, but disagreed on how severe that [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Finland's prime minister began the country's six-month presidency of the European Union [official website] on Wednesday by promising not to push for the ratification of the stalled European Constitution [official website, text; JURIST news archive] without building consensus among all member nations. During a speech [transcript] before the European [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The supposed abductors of Sunni Iraqi legislator Tayseer al-Mashhadani have offered to release her in exchange for the release of all Shiite detainees, a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops, and an end to all attacks on Shiite mosques, Iraqi co-Vice President Tariq al-Hashimi told reporters Wednesday. Al-Hashimi [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] European countries need to improve extradition and criminal cooperation procedures in order to face the growing threat of international crime, Russian Prosecutor General Yury Chaika told the seventh session of the Conference of Prosecutors General of Europe [COE materials] in Moscow on Wednesday. Chaika, who was installed as prosecutor [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Six former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees now on trial [JURIST report] in Paris were interviewed by French authorities while they were still being held at the US prison, according to a French newspaper. A French diplomatic telegram published in the Liberation daily Wednesday referred to intelligence agents [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The editors of seven independent newspapers in Egypt [JURIST news archive] plan to go on strike Sunday to protest the lack of legal protection afforded to journalists, the independent daily Al-Masry Al-Youm [media website, in Arabic] reported Tuesday. The strike is scheduled for the same day the Egyptian parliament [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [official profile; BBC profile] has said in a television broadcast that his Thai Rak Thai party [party website; Wikipedia backgrounder] is innocent of election fraud allegedly committed in an abortive general election this spring. Prosecutors, acting on a unanimous recommendation [JURIST report] by an [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] CNN is reporting that former Enron founder Kenneth Lay [defense website; Houston Chronicle profile; JURIST news archive] is dead. According to a spokesman for Lay's family, Lay suffered a massive heart attack in Aspen, Colorado on Tuesday evening. Lay, along with former Enron executive Jeffrey Skilling [Houston Chronicle profile], [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] on Wednesday called for an independent Iraqi inquiry into allegations that US soldiers raped an Iraqi woman and murdered her and her family near the town of Mahmudiya in March. Al-Maliki said during a visit to Kuwait that he believes "immunity granted [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Joseph Kony [BBC profile], leader of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [Global Security backgrounder; BBC backgrounder] in Uganda, will be granted amnesty if upcoming LRA negotiations with the southern Sudanese government proceed smoothly and if he renounces terrorist activity, according a statement released Tuesday by the press secretary [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The retrial [BBC Q/A] of five Bulgarian nurses [JURIST report] and one Palestinian doctor accused of infecting more than 400 Libyan patients, primarily children, with HIV resumed Tuesday in Tripoli. The court heard testimony from three prosecution witnesses - parents of infected children - who identified the defendants as [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Claiming that some ballots were counted twice and others not at all because of fraud, Mexico's Democratic Revolution Party (PRD) [party website, in Spanish] is demanding a full recount of votes in last weekend's presidential election. Preliminary results [JURIST report] showed the PRD's candidate, Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador [campaign [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Police arrested two Italian intelligence officers Wednesday, including a senior official, in connection with the alleged extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile], also known as Abu Omar. Judicial sources said that Marco Mancini, a division director of Italy's Military Intelligence and [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] has said that it will comply with sanctions imposed by the South Korean Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) [official website] after the Seoul High Court rejected a request by Microsoft to stay the penalties while Microsoft appeals the KFTC ruling [JURIST report; Microsoft press [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Republicans from the US House of Representatives [official website] begin a series of immigration hearings Wednesday in order to assess the threats at the country's borders and the labor needs to combat those threats in preparation for final negotiations on comprehensive immigration reform [JURIST news archive]. The House International [read more]

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