Legal news from Thursday, March 8, 2007
17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Two Albany, New York men convicted in a money laundering scheme set up as an FBI sting [JURIST report] were each sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison. Former imam at Masjid as-Salam mosque Yassin Aref and mosque co-founder and pizzeria owner Mohammed Hossain were convicted [AP report] in [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudanese trial of Ali Kushayb [Trial Watch profile], one of the two suspects accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region, and two other security officials has been delayed after Kushayb filed an appeal in the case, Sudanese court officials said [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A new law to protect private property in China was presented to the Chinese legislature on Thursday. The law, in the making [JURIST news archive] since 1993, would define the scope of public and private property to advance the developing socialist market economy, according to its proponents. In his [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Disability Law Center of Massachusetts [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit against the Massachusetts Department of Correction (DOC) [official website] on Thursday, saying the state's treatment of mentally ill prisoners violates the Constitution and the Americans with Disabilities Act [text]. According to the suit filed in the US District [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The CIA [official website] operated a secret interrogation and short-term detention facility for suspected terrorists from 2002 to 2004 in a Polish intelligence training school with the explicit approval of British and US authorities, according to a Raw Story investigative report. British and Polish intelligence officials familiar with the [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Police surrounded the Congress of Ecuador [official website] on Thursday following a decision by the country's highest electoral court to dismiss 57 of its 100 lawmakers. In a questionable exercise of authority, the Supreme Electoral Tribunal [official website] ruled that the congressmen had illegally interfered with a referendum pushed [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Nigerian court held Wednesday that Vice President Atiku Abubakar [official profile; JURIST news archive] can run in next month's presidential election, throwing out a decision by the Independent National Electoral Commission [official website] (INEC) to ban Abubakar after he was indicted for corruption. Only the court has the [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi interim government arrested six politicians, including the son of former prime minister Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile], for alleged corruption Thursday, according to local media. Tarique Rahman [party profile, in Bengali] was detained at his mother's house in Dhaka. Rahman, a senior member in the Bangladesh Nationalist [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe [BBC profile; official website, in Japanese] said his government will fully cooperate with an investigation by ruling Liberal Democratic party lawmakers into allegations that the Japanese military forced women into prostitution [JURIST report] in army-operated brothels during World War II. Despite widespread evidence to [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] told his mother Wednesday in the first phone call with his family since his capture in 2002 that he plans to do whatever he can to avoid appearing in front of his military trial in Guantanamo Bay [JURIST [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate voted 51-48 [roll call] Wednesday to adopt an amendment [summary] to a new anti-terror bill [S.4 summary], weakening union rights that would be granted to Transportation Security Administration (TSA) airport screeners under the bill. President Bush said last month that he would veto the anti-terror bill [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] held a hearing Thursday to determine the admissibility and merits of a case [press release] filed in 2003 by 159 children of Norwegian mothers and German fathers born during World War II. Many of these "war children" or "krigsbarn", were officially [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] China accused the US of numerous human rights abuses on Thursday in its Human Rights Record of the US in 2006 [report text, in English; press release], the Chinese state response to US criticism in Tuesday's publication of the 2006 US State Department Country Reports [official website; JURIST report]. [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons [official website] backed two different proposals [BBC backgrounder] Wednesday on reforming the upper house of parliament [BBC Q/A], the House of Lords [official website]. Members of the House of Lords currently are appointed or hold hereditary peerages, but under the proposals at least 80 [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] will be arraigned before a US military commission on March 20, marking his first commission appearance after over five years in US detention. Australian Prime Minister John Howard confirmed the March 20 hearing in an interview with Southern [read more]

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