Legal news from Monday, September 24, 2007
20:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [DOD materials] Monday reinstated terrorism charges against Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive]. In June, a military commission judge dropped charges [order, PDF; JURIST report] against Khadr, ruling that the court had no jurisdiction because a Guantanamo Combatant Status Review [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Attorney General announced Monday that he was opening an investigation into a real estate purchase made by Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website]. The criminal probe centers on a Jerusalem apartment for which Olmert paid the value of 320,000 American dollars. Olmert is accused of receiving [read more]

18:09 EDT

[JURIST] South African President Thabo Mbeki [official profile] suspended National Prosecuting Authority chief Vusi Pikoli Monday, citing a strained relationship between Pikoli and his superior, Minister of Justice Bridget Mabandla [official website], as the primary motive for the suspension. Pikoli was appointed to lead an elite corruption fighting agency in [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Argentinean military officer Ernesto Guillermo Barreiro [Desaparecidos profile] has been sentenced [press release] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia to six months in jail for one count of visa fraud, US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] said Monday. According to ICE, [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian prosecutors began court proceedings Monday against former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile], bringing the government's civil corruption lawsuit [JURIST report] against Suharto for allegedly embezzling $440 million between 1974 and 1998 from the Yayasan Supersemar [official website], a state-funded academic scholarship fund. The court proceedings began [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association death penalty assessment team [ABA materials] has recommended [news release] a moratorium on the death penalty in Ohio, in a report [PDF text; executive summary, PDF] released Monday that cited major flaws in the state's administration of capital punishment [JURIST news archive]. The assessment team, [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Violent crime in the US has increased for the second year in a row, according to the 2006 Crime in the United States report [text; press release] released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] Monday. The FBI reported that violent crime rose by 1.9 percent in 2006, [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] US federal judges have expressed concern about the salary gap between federal judges and lawyers in the private sector, saying that judges are resigning in greater numbers than ever before due to inadequate pay, USA Today reported Monday. According to the Federal Judicial Pay Increase Fact Sheet [text] from [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The military government in Myanmar [JURIST news archive] on Monday threatened to punish the thousands of monks who have been leading protests against the government [BBC Q&A]. The monks are protesting rights abuses by the government, including the detention of demonstrators who peacefully protested a sharp rise in fuel [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's cousin and former Iraqi defense minister Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], also known as Chemical Ali, ordered the execution of 25 villagers at a time as he crushed a Shi'a uprising [HRW backgrounder] in southern Iraq following the 1991 Persian Gulf War, according to [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A group of experts presented an interim report [press release] to the United Nations Human Rights Council [official website] on the situation in Darfur Monday, citing continued human rights violations. The report noted that the government of Sudan demonstrated cooperation [press release] during the period under review and has [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli cabinet decided Sunday to release 90 Palestinians [press release] currently imprisoned by Israel this week in an attempt to sway Palestinian opinion, including that of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas [BBC profile], on Israel [JURIST news archive]. Aides to Abbas, however, said that the release of a mere [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court Bar Association nominated former judge Wajeehuddin Ahmed on Monday to run in the upcoming presidential election against current Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile]. Musharraf's eligibility to run is still being contested, despite the Supreme Court of Pakistan's dismissal of three petitions against Musharraf's re-election campaign [read more]

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