Legal news from Monday, March 5, 2007
15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Kosovo prime minister and Kosovo Liberation Army [FAS backgrounder] commander Ramush Haradinaj [BBC profile] and two Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) fighters, Idriz Balaj and Lahi Brahimaj [Trial Watch profiles], began Monday before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news [read more]

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[JURIST] A New Jersey superior court judge Monday upheld a Friday jury verdict [DowJones report] for Merck & Co [corporate website], finding that the company had given adequate warning to physicians of the risks associated with its painkiller Vioxx [FDA backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Judge Carol Higbee rejected a motion [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Reggie B. Walton [official profile] refused to answer a jury question [JURIST report] Monday in the I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [defense website; JURIST news archive] trial on the level of proof that would have to be met to find the former vice presidential aide guilty. The [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Less than half of terrorism suspects arrested in the United Kingdom after September 11, 2001 under the Terrorism Act 2000 [text] were ever charged with any crime, according to figures [report] released Monday by the UK Home Office [official website]. Over 1,126 people were arrested between the Sept. 11 [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Saddam-era deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], brought before the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website] Monday to testify against six defendants accused of genocide in the Anfal trial [JURIST news archive; BBC trial timeline], instead denied that Hussein's government had ever carried out any [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The lower house of the Jordanian parliament [official website] approved a bill Sunday that would subject journalists to jail sentences for defaming any religion protected under the country's constitution [text] - i.e. Islam, Christianity or Judaism - or "offending the prophets" by their writing or by cartoons. Imprisonment could [read more]

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[JURIST] Ugandan judges began a week-long general strike Monday to protest last Thursday's siege of the High Court and seizure of defendants by government forces. Court witnesses said that six defendants were rearrested by security forces in court after having been granted bail. The defendants' lawyer was also beaten unconscious [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Monday denounced a weekend raid [JURIST report; UK MOD press release] by UK-led coalition forces and Iraqi soldiers on the local Basra headquarters building of the National Iraqi Intelligence Agency, ordering an investigation into the incident and declaring that those responsible would be punished. [read more]

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[JURIST] A former Sudanese militia leader recently accused of war crimes by the International Criminal Court [official website] denied attacking Darfur [JURIST news archive] civilians or displacing refugees in an article published in Sudan's Al Intibaha newspaper Sunday. Ali Kushayb insisted he was assigned to the region only to protect [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in two cases Monday, including Lance v. Coffman, where the Court concluded that four Republican voters in Colorado did not have standing to challenge a court-ordered congressional redistricting plan. A state judge in Colorado drew up a [read more]

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[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [BBC profile; official website, in Japanese] said Monday that the US House of Representatives' proposed resolution [text; H Res 121 summary], which urges Japan to apologize to women who were forced into sexual slavery [JURIST report] during World War II, "is not based on [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday refused to expedite its consideration of a petition for a writ of certiorari filed by Guantanamo Bay detainees seeking review of the 2006 Military Commissions Act (MCA) [PDF text; JURIST news archive]. Two Guantanamo detainees, Salim Ahmed Hamdan and [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Mubarak Hussain bin Abul Hasim, a Bangladeshi who had been detained for five-years at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], told AFP following his release from Bangladeshi detention last Thursday that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay gave electric shocks and subjected the detainees to low temperature cells, where Mubarak spent "two [read more]

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[JURIST] Chief US military commissions prosecutor Col. Morris Davis (USAF) has criticized the conduct of the US military lawyer for Australian Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive], suggesting that Major Michael Mori (USMC) [NineMSN profile] has been playing politics with his case outside the bounds of proper legal representation. [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Cambodian military court has charged Kaing Khek Iev [Trial Watch profile], also known as Duch, with war crimes in an effort to keep Duch in custody until he can be tried before the Khmer Rouge genocide tribunal [JURIST news archive], a Cambodian official said Monday. Duch was arrested [read more]

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