Legal news from Monday, October 15, 2007
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Montenegrin Prime Minister Zeljko Sturanovic signed the EU-Montenegro Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) [press release, PDF] Monday, a preliminary step in Montenegro's possible accession [EU materials] to the European Union (EU). The SAA is expected to prepare Montenegro for a projected EU membership in 2015 by creating concrete trade [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Peter Brownback on Monday said that military commission proceedings against Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] would resume November 8. Brownback's ruling comes despite Khadr's appeal [JURIST report] challenging the earlier decision to send the case back to a military tribunal last [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial [press release; JURIST report] of former US military police commander Lt Col William H Steele began in Baghdad Monday on charges [JURIST report] of aiding the enemy by providing a cellular phone to detainees, giving special privileges, failing to obey an order, and for conduct unbecoming an [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filed suit [litigation announcement] on Monday against Nortel [corporate website] for fraudulent accounting practices and also reached settlement [press release] with the telecommunications giant. The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York, alleged that Nortel [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Milberg Weiss [firm website] partner and co-founder Melvyn Weiss [firm profile] pleaded not guilty Monday to federal charges of conspiracy, racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false statements. Weiss was indicted [JURIST report] last month and said at that time that he would remain of counsel to the firm [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Carla Del Ponte [official profile], the chief prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website], on Monday chided Serbian authorities for failing to bring to justice [statement] four accused war criminals who are believed to be hiding in that country, saying that Serbia's cooperation [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC profile] will not be arrested upon her return to Pakistan, Minister for Railways Sheikh Rashid Ahmed said Monday. Bhutto has lived in self-exile in London and Dubai since she left the country in 1999 under a cloud of corruption allegations, and the [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on Myanmar Ibrahim Gambari [official profile] Monday criticized Myanmar's detention of four more pro-democracy activists [JURIST report], urging the military government to release political prisoners and end the detention of peaceful democracy activists. Gambari is currently visiting Asian states to solicit greater support [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Four prominent Sri Lankan human rights activists have resigned from a government advisory panel to protest Sri Lanka's worsening human rights situation, including ongoing extradjudicial killings, activist and lawyer Nimalka Fernando [advocacy profile] said Monday. The four submitted their resignations last week after Sri Lankan Human Rights Minister Mahinda [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights in the Palestinian Territories John Dugard [academic profile] told the BBC Monday that he will recommend that the UN withdraw as a mediator in the Middle East unless action is taken on human rights violations in the Palestinian territories. Dugard said that the [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG) Prime Minister Nechirvan Barzani [official profile] defended the legality of the semi-autonomous Kurdish government's Kurdistan Oil and Gas Law [official statement] in an interview aired on Al Jazeera Sunday, faulting the Iraqi national government in Baghdad for failing to finalize oil revenue legislation. Barzani insisted [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi said Sunday that the House will vote on a resolution [HR 106 materials; text] labeling as genocide the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers [ANCA backgrounder; Turkish DC Embassy backgrounder] despite complaints from Turkey. In a [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in a case where the Court will consider what constitutes money laundering, specifically whether the government must prove an intent to make money received from an unlawful activity appear to be from a legitimate [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) secretly issued hundreds of national security letters (NSLs) [CRS backgrounder, PDF; FBI backgrounder] to obtain financial, telephone and Internet records without court approval, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said Sunday when it released documents obtained from the Defense Department [press release; summary]. [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of 30 suspected terrorists [BBC report] accused of plotting to explode the Spanish National Court in Madrid began Monday. The defendants are charged with membership in a terrorist organization, conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack and forgery. The group, led by alleged mastermind Abderrahmane Tahiri, also known [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Emadeddin Baghi [personal website], founder of Iran's Society for Defending Prisoners' Rights [advocacy website], was arrested on charges of violating national security, the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency reported Sunday. An unnamed government official told IRNA that Baghi and family members had participated in opposition meetings designed to overthrow [read more]

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