Legal news from Monday, April 30, 2007
20:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Errachidi has been detained by Moroccan police after his transfer from US custody last week. Formal charges have not yet been filed against Errachidi, but a source from the Moroccan Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] source confirmed Monday that [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] British Army Corporal David Payne, convicted of abusing Iraqi detainees in 2003, was sent to jail for one year on Monday. Payne, who was one of seven British soldiers who faced court-martial [MOD press release] for charges of detainee abuse, had pleaded guilty to charges of inhumane treatment [JURIST [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari Monday in Medellin v. Texas [cert. petition, PDF; case materials], 06-984, where the Court will consider whether the Bush administration has the authority to direct a state court to comply with a ruling from the International Court of [read more]

19:04 EDT

[JURIST] Virginia Gov. Timothy M. Kaine [official website] issued an executive order [text; press release] Monday closing the loophole [JURIST report] that allowed Virginia Tech gunman Seung-Hui Cho to purchase a firearm despite having been ordered [text] to receive psychiatric treatment by a Virginia court in 2005. The executive order [read more]

18:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko [official website; BBC profile] dismissed Ukrainian Constitutional Court [official website] Judge Valeriy Pshenichny from office for an "oath violation," according to the presidential press service Monday. No details were released on the exact nature of the "violation." On April 25, Pshenichny said that Yushchenko had [read more]

16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kurdish legislators in the Iraq National Assembly [official website, in Arabic] will vote against a draft law [JURIST report; JURIST news archive] to regulate the country's oil because some provisions of the bill violate a February agreement with Kurdish lawmakers, a Kurdish official said Monday. In February, the Kurds [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser [official profile] said Monday that the treatment and trial of Australian detainee David Hicks at Guantanamo Bay demonstrate that the US and Australian governments are "prepared to throw every legal principle out the window and establish a process that we would expect of [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] Monday declined to hear a lawsuit brought by two Guantanamo Bay detainees challenging the legality of their military commissions. In Hamdan v. Gates and Khadr v. Bush [petition for certiorari, PDF] , 06-1169, Yemeni Salim Ahmed Hamdan and Canadian Omar Khadr [TrialWatch profiles] [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu [BBC profile] was convicted Monday of violating the terms of his 2004 release from prison [JURIST report] by granting interviews to foreign news media. Vanunu completed an 18-year prison sentence in 2004 for leaking Israel's atomic weapons secrets [Israel MOJ statement] to the Sunday [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge sitting at London's Old Bailey criminal court sentenced five British men of Pakistani descent to life imprisonment Monday at the end of a year-long terrorism trial - the largest UK terrorism trial [JURIST report] since al Qaeda's September 11 attacks on the United States - that culminated [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney-General Philip Ruddock [official profile] said Monday that the government would amend an existing federal law preventing convicted criminals from profiting from their offenses if it became apparent that it allowed Guantanamo detainee David Hicks to sell his story. Hicks is currently set to be returned to Australia [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The number of executions worldwide dropped in 2006 from 2,148 the year previous to 1,591, according to new statistics [text; press release] issued by Amnesty International. Over 90 percent of the year's executions were conducted in six countries: Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Pakistan, the USA and China. At 177, Iran's [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in five cases Monday, including Microsoft v. AT&T [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that Microsoft was not liable for patent infringement under 35 USC 271(f) [text] for foreign installations of Windows. AT&T [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] International judges appointed to the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] said Monday that the Khmer Rouge [JURIST news archive] genocide trials can move forward after the Cambodian Bar Association (BAKC) agreed to dramatically reduce the fees [JURIST report] it proposed to levy on foreign [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former CIA director George Tenet [BBC profile; Wikipedia profile] repeatedly denied that torture has been used during interrogations of terror suspects in an interview [text; recorded video part 1 and part 2] with CBS' 60 Minutes that aired Sunday. Tenet said that no one has ever died as a [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] China is not doing enough to remedy human rights abuses [press release] prior to the 2008 Olympics [official website] in Beijing, according to a report [text] released by Amnesty International [advocacy website] Monday. The group criticized China for the use of increased restrictions on domestic media and the Internet [read more]

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