Legal news from Monday, August 21, 2006
20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Legal papers belonging to Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] were among those seized by US investigators [JURIST report] in a probe into the June suicides of three other Guantanamo inmates [JURIST report] - a Yemeni and two Saudis - at the US military prison in June, [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke has dismissed [PDF] one of the charges brought against terror suspect Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and his two co-defendants, ruling that the charge is "multiplicitous" and violates the Double Jeopardy Clause [LII backgrounder] of the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution. In an [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [official profile] on Monday called on all states to standardize their criminal statutes dealing with sexual predators during a speech [text] given at the 18th Annual Crimes Against Children Conference [PDF materials] in Dallas. Gonzales praised most states for their efforts in rewriting statutes [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian court on Monday rejected the case against former Russian Atomic Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile; JURIST news archive], citing factual errors in court filings, and told prosecutors to develop the case further before presenting it to the court a second time. Adamov is charged with fraud and [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Congolese Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) [official website, in French], charged with overseeing the July presidential election [AP report; tallied results] in the Democratic Republic of Congo, released the provisional results of the election on Monday, and announced that a run-off between President Joseph Kabila [BBC profile], who won [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Missouri heard arguments Monday in a lawsuit challenging a Missouri law [SB 1014 summary; text, PDF] requiring voters to show photo identification [Missouri Dept. Revenue backgrounder] before being permitted to vote. The class-action lawsuit seeking a permanent injunction [JURIST report] against enforcement of the law was [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] UK authorities on Monday charged 11 people [press release] in connection with the foiled terror plot [JURIST report] to bomb airplanes crossing the Atlantic Ocean. Eight were charged with conspiracy to commit murder and with preparing acts of terrorism, a violation of Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006 [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] A hearing in China's case against former New York Times researcher Zhao Yan [HRIC profile, PDF] has been scheduled for Friday, Zhao's lawyer announced on Monday. Zhao is charged with providing state secrets to foreigners, and faces a possible prison sentence of 10 years. The court could render a [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN nuclear inspectors said Monday that Iran has denied them access to an underground nuclear site, and UN officials said that by refusing to allow access Iran may be in violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [PDF text; JURIST news archive] Meanwhile, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official website], Iran's supreme [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Burundi President Domitien Ndayizeye [Wikipedia profile] was arrested Monday in connection with an ongoing investigation into an alleged plot to overthrow the current government. Authorities say he was taken in for questioning by prosecutors. Earlier this month, Burundi officials arrested five former government officials [JURIST report], including the [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian authorities on Monday stayed the executions of Amrozi Nurhasyim, Ali Gufron and Imam Samudra, three of the men convicted for the bombings that killed over 200 people at a Bali nightclub in 2002 [BBC report], allowing time for the men to file a final appeal. The executions [JURIST [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] One of the terror suspects arrested in London earlier this month in connection with the foiled terror plot [JURIST report] to bomb airplanes crossing the Atlantic Ocean has challenged his continued detention in a London court. Lawyers for "Detainee J" have petitioned the High Court in London for an [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Philippine President Gloria Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] on Monday appointed an independent commission [press release] to investigate "the series of extrajudicial killings of journalists and militant activists in the country." Arroyo has been criticized for the government's failure to solve the growing number of politically motivated killings of [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Carla Del Ponte [official profile], chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia [official website], on Monday called Serbia's continued failure to arrest war crimes fugitive Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] "inexcusable," saying he should be on trial with a group of seven [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] refused to enter a plea Monday as he and six co-defendants went on trial on genocide and crimes against humanities charges [JURIST report] in connection to the so-called "Anfal" operation [HRW backgrounder] that led to the killings of as many as 100,000 Kurds in [read more]

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