Legal news from Friday, November 17, 2006
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Referral Bench of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website, JURIST news archive] ruled [text, PDF] Friday that the case of former Serbian commander Vladimir Kovacevic [ICTY case backgrounder] should be transferred to Serbia [JURIST news archive] within 30 days. The decision marks the [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US military has preliminary plans to build a new legal compound at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba [JURIST news archive], where trials of detainees [JURIST news archive] may begin to take place as early as June, the Miami Herald reported [registration required] Friday. According to a federal solicitation notice [text] [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] ruled Friday in support of a bid [JURIST report] by the US Department of Justice [official website] to bar terrorism suspect Majid Khan from access to a civilian lawyer unless and until the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] German officials have expressed some concern about the future of the proposed European Constitution [text; JURIST news archive] in light of positions taken by two leading rivals for the French presidency. Newly-chosen French Socialist Party candidate Segolene Royal [BBC profile; advocacy website in French], and conservative aspirant Nicolas Sarkozy [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Computer Associates [corporate website] is seeking repayment of legal defense costs totaling $14.9 million it fronted on behalf of former CEO Sanjay Kumar [Wikipedia profile]. The software maker filed suit against Kumar in New York State Supreme Court [official website] last week. Judge Stephen Bucaria [official profile] granted CA's [read more]

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[JURIST] German prosecutors Friday filed an appeal for the arrest of Mounir al-Motassadeq [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a German 9/11 suspect free on bail following Thursday's overturning of a lower court decision acquitting Motassadeq [JURIST report] of assisting the men who carried out the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] US military Combatant Status Review Tribunals [DOD materials] do not offer detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] an adequate opportunity to contest the accusations against them or to object to their status as enemy combatants [JURIST news archive], according to a report [PDF text] released Friday. Seton Hall [read more]

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[JURIST] Dutch Prime Minister Jan Peter Balkenende [official profile] said Friday that the government would investigate allegations that Netherlands military personnel abused Iraqi prisoners in 2003 by subjecting them to sleep deprivation, high-pitched noises and bright lights. According to a report [text, in Dutch] Friday in Dutch newspaper De Volkskrant [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The South African Department of Justice and Constitutional Development [official website] said Thursday that it is currently considering 1,107 applications for relief from prisoners claiming their incarceration is politically motivated. According to Minister Brigitte Mabandla, the South African constitution [text] gives the president power to pardon the prisoners, many [read more]

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[JURIST] A British Army major has testified that a military legal adviser approved techniques for preparing Iraqi detainees for interrogation with techniques that allegedly violated the Geneva Conventions [ICRC materials]. Maj. Antony Royce told a court-martial of several other soldiers charged with abusing Iraqi detainees that his superiors ordered him [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) [official website] introduced legislation [press release] Thursday that would restore habeas corpus rights to military detainees [JURIST news archive] and make other amendments to the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) [JURIST news archive]. A key provision in the MCA, which President Bush signed [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals [official website] has ruled [opinion text; case materials] that President Bush "exceeded his constitutional authority by intruding into the independent powers of the judiciary" with an "unprecedented" directive ordering state court rehearings [JURIST report] for 51 Mexican nationals convicted in US courts. The [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf [official website, BBC profile] has overturned a ruling by a Sharia court for the first time [RTTNews report] by commuting the sentence of a man whom the court assigned the death penalty. Mirza Tahir Hussain [Wikipedia profile], a British national, was convicted under Sharia Islamic [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] US President George W. Bush assured Australian Prime Minister John Howard Friday that Australian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] would be brought to trial, but refused to give a timetable for the trial. Referring to Hicks' legal team's promise to challenge [JURIST report] [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge John Houston Thursday temporarily stayed enforcement of an ordinance [2006-38R text, TIF] passed by the city of Escondido, California [official website] which would punish landlords for renting to illegal immigrants [JURIST report]. The ordinance requires landlords to provide evidence of their tenants' immigration status to city [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Lance Cpl. Tyler A. Jackson [advocacy website; JURIST report] was sentenced to 21 months [press release] in military custody Thursday for his participation in the kidnapping and murder of an Iraqi man in Hamdania [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] last April. Jackson admitted to assisting eight other [read more]

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