Legal news from Monday, October 9, 2006
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mexico [JURIST news archive] may ask the UN to intervene in a brewing border fence dispute with the United States, Mexican Foreign Secretary Luis Ernesto Derbez [Mexican Foreign Ministry website] said Monday. Legal experts are investigating the legality of the US Secure Fence Act of 2006 [text, PDF] before [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] An April trial date has been set for former Cabinet Office spokesman David Keogh and former parliamentary researcher Leo O'Connor, accused of violating Section 3 of Britain's Official Secrets Act [text] by leaking a secret memo in which President Bush was said to have told Prime Minister Tony Blair [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Khaled el-Masri [JURIST news archive] wept Monday as he testified before a Spanish judge about his alleged extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] to Afghanistan by US intelligence agents. El-Masri, a German citizen born in Kuwait, described how he was abducted in December 2003 while vacationing along the Serbian-Madedonian border, [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] British Home Secretary John Reid [official profile] Monday outlined steps to combat the increasingly urgent problem of prison overcrowding [BBC backgrounder; Guardian Q&A]. Over the weekend, the prison population of England and Wales [JURIST news archive] reached a record of 79,843, theoretically leaving space available for only 125 more [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Navy lawyer who successfully represented the plaintiff Guantanamo detainee in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld [JURIST news archive] and took his case all the way to the US Supreme Court has been denied a promotion and will leave the military by spring, the Miami Herald reports. Lt. Cmdr. Charles [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] JURIST is seeking to expand its Webby award-winning staff of professional editors by hiring a talented, public-service oriented individual with law and/or journalism experience to serve as a part-time legal news editor based in California. JURIST's West Coast Editor will share responsibility for managing JURIST's daily research, writing and [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder] on Monday repeated their call for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to lift international arrest warrants [PDF] against five top LRA leaders, and threatened to continue their violent resistance movement otherwise. Although the Ugandan government and the LRA [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] Monday nominated Ban Ki-Moon [official profile], the current South Korean Foreign Minister, to succeed UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan [official profile] when Annan's term ends in January. Ban won the Council's nomination after four straw polls in the Security Council definitively favored him over [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile] has said that France [JURIST news archive] will impose a smoking ban [press release, in French] in public locations in February 2007, and will likely extend a smoking ban in restaurants, clubs and bars in 2008. The ban will include schools, [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official website; BBC profile] has declined to set a timeline for lifting martial law in Thailand, but will return the country to normalcy "as soon as possible," a government spokesperson said Monday. The spokesperson said the decision would be made in consultation with the [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's genocide trial [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline] continued Monday in Baghdad as a witness for the prosecution testified that troops under Hussein's command bulldozed her family into a mass grave. The woman was 13 during the alleged 1988 atrocities, living in the northern Kurdish region of Iraq. [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official profile] on Sunday voiced tentative support for a formal, written UK constitution, saying that the possibility merited "serious" consideration. Goldsmith, however, rejected a proposal by Conservative leader David Cameron for a written bill of rights to replace the UK Human Rights Act [text], [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Militia attacks in Sudan's Darfur region [JURIST news archive] may have killed hundreds of people in August, many more than previously thought, according to a report [DOC text] issued Monday by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile]. Arbour also urged the Sudanese government to [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council is set to meet [AP report] in emergency session to discuss possible courses of action after North Korea (DPRK) [JURIST news archive] exploded several test nuclear weapons underground Monday. North Korea's official Central News Agency [media website] reported that the tests were performed safely and [read more]

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