Legal news from Wednesday, July 25, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar human rights activist Ko Myint Naing has been sentenced to eight years in prison, according to his lawyer and fellow activists Wednesday. A judge sentenced Myint Naing for inciting unrest during an April 2007 incident in which Myint Naing and another member of the Human Rights Defenders and [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal court Wednesday sentenced [sentencing memorandum, PDF] Maryland resident Mahmud Faruq Brent to fifteen years in prison for attending a Pakistani training camp and otherwise helping a terrorist organization. Brent, also known as Mahmud Al Mutazzim, was charged [JURIST report] with providing material support [18 U.S.C. 2339B [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Robert G. Doumar of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] ordered the government of Sudan Wednesday to pay $7.96 million in compensation to the families of 17 US Navy personnel killed in the 2000 al Qaeda attack on the USS [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Libyan Association for the Families of HIV-Infected Children condemned Bulgaria's pardoning and release of six foreign medics [BBC Q&A; JURIST news archive] Wednesday, demanding that the Libyan government sever diplomatic relations with Bulgaria and deport all Bulgarians residing in Libya. The medics - five Bulgarian nurses and a [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Five opposition members in Ethiopia [JURIST news archive] asked for pardons on Wednesday after pleading guilty to charges of attempting to overthrow the government. The five submitted a letter to High Court Judge Adil Ahmed saying that they did not wish to fight the cases against them and asking [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] on Wednesday voted in favor of issuing contempt of Congress citations [backgrounder; 2 USC Sec. 192] against White House Chief of Staff Josh Bolten and former White House counsel Harriet Miers [official profiles]. The citations now go to the full House, where [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian Intelligence Minister Gholam Hossein Ejehei said Wednesday that new arrests have been made in the conspiracy cases against Dr. Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile], director of the Middle East Program at the DC-based Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars [organization website], and Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh [OSI press release], a [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Director of Public Prosecutions Damian Bugg [official profile] said Wednesday that he is reviewing [press release] "all the available material" concerning UK terror suspect Dr. Mohammad Haneef as developments in the case warrant such a review. The Australian government has charged Haneef with providing "reckless material support" to [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Italian judge Wednesday indicted approximately 20 former Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] executives, including founder Calisto Tanzi [NNDB profile] and former CFO Fausto Tonna [BBC report], for their role in the collapse of the Italian dairy giant. The defendants, who are being charged with fraudulent bankruptcy [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's Federal Court Wednesday ordered [PDF text; summary, PDF] the government to publicly release previously censored portions of a report on Maher Arar [advocacy website; CBC timeline], a Canadian citizen who was detained in the US in 2002 and removed to Syria where he was tortured. Justice Simon Noel, [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Carla Del Ponte [official profile], the top prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], called on Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Montenegro to renew efforts to capture war crimes fugitives Ratko Mladic and Radovan Karadzic [BBC profiles] in a statement [text] released Wednesday [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official website] told parliament Wednesday in a wide-ranging statement on security and counter-terrorism policy [text; recorded video] that new rules need to be implemented that allow police more time to question uncharged terror suspects. Brown argued that the current 28-day limit on detention without [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Intelligence and Security Committee (ISC) [official website] reported Wednesday that it has found no evidence of direct British involvement [report, PDF; press release, PDF] in the operation of extraordinary rendition [JURIST news archive] flights through UK airspace and said that the United States' lack of regard for [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Department for Culture, Media, and Sport [official website] Tuesday rejected [report, PDF] a recommendation to push the EU for longer copyright terms for sound recordings, citing the 2006 Gowers Review of Intellectual Property [PDF text]. The Gowers Review found that "it is not clear that extension of [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website] Tuesday rebuked UK Ambassador to Russia Sir Tony Brenton's suggestion that Russian authorities should interpret the Russian constitution's prohibition on extraditing citizens in "light of the circumstances" [JURIST report], calling it an "insult for our nation and our people" and characterizing the UK's [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge Tuesday refused to dismiss [order, PDF] lawsuits brought by several states seeking more information from the federal government about the administration's domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. In his ruling, Judge Vaughn Walker expressed doubt about the merit of the federal government's arguments [JURIST report] that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Shira Scheindlin of the Southern District of New York Tuesday certified a class action lawsuit brought on behalf of approximately 5,000 to 10,000 suspected panhandlers against 553 law enforcement agencies in New York state. The lawsuit alleges that the agencies illegally arrested or forced individuals off [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Torture was the human rights abuse most commonly alleged in Uganda in 2006, according to a report expected to be released in August by the Uganda Human Rights Commission [governing statute, PDF; ILO backgrounder]. The annual report, obtained by AP, found that 320 individuals filed formal complaints against the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Accordance Front [BBC backgrounder], the largest Sunni parliamentary bloc, said Wednesday that it is suspending participation as a coalition partner in the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [BBC profile] and will permanently withdraw from al-Maliki's government unless al-Maliki pardons detainees not being charged with specific crimes [read more]

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