Legal news from Monday, July 30, 2007
19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Monday approved a non-binding resolution [HR 121 materials; press release], asking Japan to formally apologize [JURIST report] for enslaving hundreds of thousands of women in East Asia and the Pacific to serve as "comfort women" [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for the Japanese Imperial [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have brought fresh embezzlement charges against exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], a lawyer appointed to Berezovsky's case said Monday. The charges assert that in 1997 Berezovsky took part in a $13 million scheme to embezzle credit funds from SBS-Agro Bank [EBRD profile], [read more]

18:07 EDT

[JURIST] Humanitarian and relief non-governmental organizations (NGO) are currently unable to effectively meet the needs of eight million Iraqi refugees as a result of Iraq's poor legal framework, according to a joint report [PDF text] issued Monday by Oxfam and the NGO Coordination Committee in Iraq [advocacy websites]. At the [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial of the last US Army serviceman charged in the March 2006 rape and murder of a 14-year old Iraqi girl [JURIST news archive] and the murder of her family in Mahmudiya (also "Mahmoudiya") began Monday. Pfc. Jesse Spielman, who prosecutors say acted as a lookout during the [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Justice of the United States John Roberts [OYEZ profile; JURIST news archive] was taken to the hospital Monday after suffering a fall. Supreme Court spokesperson Kathy Arberg said Monday that Roberts fell at his vacation home in Maine and that he went to the hospital as a precaution. [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Council of Representatives [official website, in Arabic] entered its summer recess Monday despite failing to pass constitutional amendments or legislation seen as essential to the stabilization of Iraq. A representative said that the council, which is scheduled to reconvene September 4, decided to recess because the government [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Five defendants convicted for their roles in the slaughter of tens of thousands of Kurds during the 1988 Anfal campaign [HRW backgrounder] have filed appeals with the Appeals Chamber of the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website], Iraqi prosecutors said Monday. The five defendants, two of whom received life sentences [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The last two remaining defendants in Ethiopia's criminal treason prosecution of individuals allegedly involved in mass anti-government demonstrations [JURIST report] in 2005 have denied association with the opposition party Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) [party website] and are seeking to be acquitted, defense lawyers said Monday. Daniel Bekele [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi High Court [official backgrounder] suspended the extortion trial [JURIST report] of former Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Wazed [party profile] Monday after receiving a motion from Hasina's lawyers challenging the legality of her detention under emergency laws [JURIST report]. Hasina's lawyers argued that she cannot be detained under [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website] Monday announced the indictment of former Yugoslavia Army Captain Vladimir Kovacevic [ICTY case backgrounder] for war crimes associated with the 1991 Siege of Dubrovnik [Wikipedia backgrounder]. In the siege, Kovacevic's artillery unit allegedly indiscriminately shelled [BBC backgrounder] the ancient [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official profile] refused to apologize for the Australian government's handling of Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive] Monday, saying that it had not "victimized" Haneef despite holding him as a terrorist suspect for 25 days. Haneef was detained while trying to leave the country [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) [official website] reached an agreement in principle Monday to establish a human rights body as part of the proposed ASEAN Charter, according to an announcement by Singapore Foreign Minister George Yeo [official profile]. Yeo, who is heading the 40th ASEAN [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website] rejected the British government's proposal for an extension of pre-charge detention for terror suspects, saying in a report [PDF text] published Monday that it is "not convinced of the need" of extending the current 28-day limit. The Committee criticized [read more]

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