Legal news from Monday, September 11, 2006
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe [official website], the region's official human rights watchdog organization, said Monday that US practices of allegedly subjecting terror suspects to torture do nothing to make the country safer in its prosecution of the war on terror. Marking the [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US Department of Justice told a panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] Monday that the court lacked the power to prevent the case of an American held in Iraq from being transferred to the Iraqi courts. The [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Fifteen allies of French President Jacques Chirac [official profile; BBC profile] went on trial Monday for allegedly rigging a Paris election during Chirac's tenure as the mayor of Paris. Prosecutors allege that the 15 politicians and officials planted 327 fake voters in the electoral register for a 1989 municipal [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for Nepal (OHCHR-Nepal) [official website] urged the Nepali Maoist party [political party website] Monday to keep its promises to stop its human rights violations. OHCHR-Nepal alleges that Maoist troops are still conducting kidnappings, torture, and murder of political as [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A large percentage of US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] counterterrorism officers have bought government-reimbursed private insurance plans [Wright backgrounder] that cover potential civil judgments and legal expenses associated with charges of criminal wrongdoing, according to Monday's Washington Post. Some current and former intelligence officers revealed the growing trend [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] and six co-defendants on genocide and crimes against humanity charges related to the so-called "Anfal" operation [HRW backgrounder], which led to the killings of as many as 180,000 Kurds in northern Iraq in the 1980s, resumed in Baghdad Monday with the [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] has proposed three major changes [EPA materials; proposed rule] to the rules regulating when companies' oil process facilities must integrate new pollution control equipment. Environmental advocates say the rule changes, put forward Friday, allow companies to ignore the total pollution produced by [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese prosecutors have charged a police officer with negligent conduct in connection with the death of a suspect that occurred after a 21-hour interrogation, according to state media reports published Monday. The suspect, Tan Gangshan, was arrested on unknown charges after police saw him "looking suspicious" while riding a [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive], recently transferred from US to Iraqi control [JURIST report], are allegedly being tortured by prison officials, according to an independent observer who told the UK's Telegraph that screaming was heard coming from the inmate cell blocks, that health conditions there [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi National Assembly [official website] on Sunday postponed debate on proposed federalism legislation that would allow Iraq's 18 provinces to form strong governments with their own security forces. Debate on the bill, supported by Kurdish and Shiite politicians and opposed by most Sunnis, is now postponed until September [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] US violent and property crime rates in 2005 reached the lowest levels since 1973, the first year such statistics were kept, according to estimations released Sunday by the US Justice Department [official website]. The report, Criminal Victimization, 2005 [text; press release] by the Bureau of Justice Statistics [official website] [read more]

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