Legal news from Thursday, August 9, 2007
22:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights [advocacy website] asked a federal judge Thursday to strike down the Protect America Act 2007 [S 1927 materials; JURIST report] as unconstitutional. The new law, signed by US President George W. Bush Sunday, gives the executive branch expanded surveillance authority for a period of [read more]

20:08 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian intelligence officials suspected that the United States would deport detained Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; CBC timeline] to a country where he could have been subject to torture, according to previously censored information released Thursday by Canada's official Arar Commission [official website]. A Canadian judge last month [read more]

19:08 EDT

[JURIST] Seif al-Islam Gaddafi, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, said Thursday that five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor were tortured during their eight years in Libyan custody on suspicion of deliberately infecting hundreds of Libyan children with the HIV virus [JURIST news archive]. In an interview with Al [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] Six more detainees have been transferred from Guantanamo Bay [press release], the US Defense Department said Thursday. According to the DOD announcement [press release], five detainees were transferred to Afghanistan and one was transferred to Bahrain [Reuters report; BNA report]. Bahraini Minister of Foreign Affairs Sheikh Khaled bin Ahmed [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] said Thursday that 14 "high-value" detainees have been designated as enemy combatants [press release] based on the recommendations of Combatant Status Review Tribunals (CSRT) [DOD materials]. The detainees, including the alleged masterminds of the September 11 terrorist attacks, the 2000 attack [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Marine Corps Lt. Gen. James Mattis [official profile] has dismissed all charges against Lance Cpl. Justine I. Sharratt and Capt. Randy W. Stone for their alleged roles in the killing and suspected cover-up of the death of 24 Iraqi civilians [JURIST report] at Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] A North Carolina judge ruled Thursday that the North Carolina Council of State, comprised of Gov. Mike Easley [official website] and nine elected state officials, improperly approved new execution protocols in February as a part of their effort to resume executions. Senior Administrative Law Judge Fred Morrison ordered the [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website; JURIST news archive] entered a plea of not guilty for Bosnian Serb Milrod Trbic [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF] Thursday because Trbic failed to appear in court [press release] after starting a hunger strike on Monday. Trbic [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Thursday ordered lawyers for the government and former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile] to attempt mediation for 30 days to settle the government's civil lawsuit [JURIST report] against Suharto for allegedly embezzling $440 million between 1974 and 1998 from the Yayasan Supersemar, a [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Mauritanian National Assembly formally criminalized slave ownership Wednesday, unanimously adopting legislation that makes slavery punishable by a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. The law also criminalizes the promotion or defense of slavery, which will be punishable by up to two years in prison. Slavery, which was [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human rights violations in Zimbabwe have steadily increased with more than 5,300 recorded cases of human rights abuses during the first six months of 2007, according to the Zimbabwe Human Rights Forum [official website]. In a report [text] published last week, the group documented 328 instances of torture, 481 [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Office of the Massachusetts Attorney General [official website] announced the indictment [press release] Wednesday of anchoring and fastening product manufacturer Power Fasteners [corporate website] on one count of involuntary manslaughter for the July 10, 2006, ceiling panel collapse in Boston's Big Dig [official website; Wikipedia backgrounder] tunnel project [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Municipal Intermediate People's Court in Kunming, Yunnan sentenced the former deputy director of the province's transportation department to life in prison Wednesday for accepting more than $5.3 million in bribes in exchange for his influence in securing construction and development contracts. The court said that Hu Xing's [read more]

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