Legal news from Monday, May 21, 2007
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] More than one hundred Muslim extremists belonging to the group al-Jihad [CNS backgrounder] have been released from Egyptian prisons over the last two weeks, according to Egyptian police on Monday. The prisoners, many of whom had been held for over a decade, were released only after signing statements renouncing [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian-American scholar Dr. Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile] was formally charged with plotting to overthrow the Iranian government by organizing a network "against the sovereignty of the country," according to Iranian television Monday. Esfandiari, director of the Middle East Program at the DC-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] Monday called for the government of Myanmar [government website; JURIST news archive] to unconditionally release [statement] pro-democracy advocate and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Daw Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Suu Kyi, leader of the National [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The last of fourteen defendants in the 2004 Madrid train bombings [JURIST news archive] trial who announced participation in a hunger strike [JURIST report] ended their efforts Monday, citing a desire not to put additional stress on the court. The four defendants who initiated the strike on May 10, [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A former Bosnian Serb official who testified against against Former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive] died in prison in Sweden Saturday. Officials with the Swedish Prison and Probation Service [official website] told Reuters that 52 year old Miroslav Deronjic [ICTY case materials], who was sentenced to 10 [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari Monday in three cases [order list, PDF] which will be heard next term. In Klein & Co. v. Board of Trade (06-1265) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will consider whether "futures commission merchants," firms that handle trade [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] Monday upheld the life sentence [PDF opinion; press release] of serial rapist Mikaeli "Mika" Muhimana [case documents; JURIST report]. Muhimana, formerly a councilor for the western Rwandan province of Kibuyea, was sentenced to life in prison [PDF order] in 2005 after [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Wolesi Jirga [IRIN backgrounder], the lower house of the Afghan parliament, removed outspoken parliamentarian Malalai Joya [BBC profile] on Monday after she unfavorably compared the parliament to a stable. Joya's remarks, made during a private television interview, held that a stable was better "for there you have a [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jumah Muhammad al-Dossari [AI backgrounder], a Bahraini detainee that has been held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] without charges since January 2002, threatened in a letter released Sunday by his lawyer that if he had "the opportunity [he] would end [his] life" due to the despair over his [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Harris Chowdhury, political secretary to former Bangladeshi Prime Minister Khaleda Zia [Virtual Bangladesh profile], was sentenced to three years incarceration on Monday on extortion and bribery charges. Chowdhury is the first senior political official of the former Bangladesh government, which was removed from power during the declaration of a [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pan-African Parliament [official website] officials said over the weekend that the recently approved investigation [press release] into alleged human rights abuses in Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] would be delayed. Zimbabwe has expressed strong opposition [JURIST report] to the PAP initiative and Zimbabwean permanent secretary for Foreign Affairs Ministry Joey [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian attorney general's office announced Monday that it will reopen a corruption probe against Tommy Suharto [BBC profile], son of former President Haji Mohammad Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The announcement, made by Director of Investigations Mohammad Salim on the ninth anniversary of the dictator's 1998 resignation [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in five argued cases Monday, including Bell Atlantic Corp. v. Twombly [Duke Law case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that a plaintiff filing an antitrust lawsuit under the Sherman Act [text] must allege specific facts [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan Supreme Court Justice Khalil-ur-Rehman Ramday Monday refuted arguments made by government lawyers that the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] should not "interfere with [the Supreme Judicial Council's (SJC)] proceedings or assume jurisdiction" of the inquiry into alleged misconduct by ousted Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Arlen Specter (R-PA) [official profile], the ranking member on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he believed a "sizable number" of Republican members of Congress would join Democrats in a vote of no-confidence [JURIST report] in Attorney General Alberto Gonzales [JURIST news archive]. In his appearance [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The White House over the weekend defended an immigration reform agreement [JURIST report] reached Thursday with key Republican and Democratic senators which has drawn opposition from both aisles of Congress, threatening what President Bush called a "secure, productive, orderly, and fair" [statement] proposal. The deal has been derided by [read more]

07:05 EDT

[JURIST] Hungarian Prime Minister Ferenc Gyurcsany [BBC profile] announced the resignation of Justice Minister Jozsef Petretei Sunday following the surfacing of multiple allegations of police corruption, including a high-profile case [AP report] involving the alleged rape of a woman by five on-duty police officers in Budapest. Petretei's resignation still requires [read more]

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