Legal news from Friday, December 7, 2007
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Attorney General Malik Qayyum [JURIST news archive] told Geo-TV Friday that emergency rule in Pakistan would be lifted and the country's constitution restored on December 15, one day earlier than the date set [JURIST report] last week by President Pervez Musharraf in a televised address after being sworn [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Four of the five UK residents being detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] are scheduled to be released, the BBC reported Friday. Jordanian Jamil el Banna, Libyan Omar Deghayes and Algerian Abdennour Sameur will return to the UK, while Saudi Arabian Shaker Abdur-Raheem Aamer will return to his [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Rhode Island Supreme Court [official website] Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that a lesbian couple legally married in Massachusetts does not have the right to divorce in Rhode Island because Rhode Island does not explicitly recognize same-sex marriage. In Chambers v. Ormiston [GLAD amicus brief, PDF; additional case materials], [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website] Friday sentenced [press release] Francois Karera [ICTR materials] to life imprisonment for his role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. Karera, the former prefect of Kigali-Rural, was found guilty on three of four genocide and crimes against humanity counts brought against him, [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department officials Friday announced the resignation of State Department Inspector General Howard Krongard [official profile], following a long controversy over allegations that he obstructed inquiries that could harm the Bush administration. Last month, Krongard testified before the US House Oversight and Government Reform Committee [official website] and [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) [official profile] sent a letter [text] to US Attorney General Michael Mukasey Friday, asking that the US Department of Justice [official website] launch an investigation into whether the CIA's destruction of videotaped recordings of two terror suspects in 2002 could be considered obstruction of [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former interim Liberian President Gyude Bryant [BBC profile] was arrested Friday after he failed to appear in court on charges of corruption this week. Bryant was charged [JURIST report] in February with embezzling $1.3 million during his tenure from October 2003 until January 2006. The indictment was based on [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari in six cases [Order List, PDF] Friday afternoon, including the consolidated cases of Munaf v. Geren (06-1666) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] and Geren v. Omar (07-394) [docket], where the Court will decide whether US citizens held by US [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Austrian Parliament [official website, in German] passed legislation setting a complete ban on cluster munitions [FAS backgrounder] Thursday, and making a disarmament goal to destroy Austria's stockpile of approximately 10,000 devices over three years. Austria is the second country to ban cluster munitions. In 2006, Belgium banned the [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] A legal challenge has been filed to the eligibility of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [personal website; JURIST news archive] as a candidate in the upcoming January parliamentary election, an Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) [official website] official said Friday. The challenge, filed by a Bhutto rival from President [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese Minister of Foreign Affairs Samani Al-Wasilla on Thursday dismissed as politically motivated the latest report [PDF text] from the chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] condemning Sudan for failing to arrest crimes against humanity suspects wanted by the ICC and accusing the Sudanese government [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security [official website] fails to provide adequate medical care to HIV-positive immigration detainees, according to a report [text; press release] issued Friday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. HRW said DHS policies do not meet international and domestic standards of care, and that [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese officials executed three death row inmates Friday and publicly disclosed their identities for the first time under a new policy that the Justice Ministry of Japan [official website] says is designed to increase understanding about the death penalty. Previously only the number of prisoners executed and the time [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] Representatives from the International Committee of the Red Cross [official website] have visited for the first time with detainees held in Iraqi prisons, according to a statement from the ICRC Thursday. ICRC spokesperson Dorothea Krimitsas said that ICRC monitors met with some of the 1,700 detainees held at Fort [read more]

06:12 EDT

[JURIST] CIA Director Michael Hayden [official profile] sent a memo to CIA employees Thursday saying that the agency videotaped the interrogations of two terror suspects in 2002, but that the tapes were destroyed in 2005 amid concerns that they could be leaked to the public and compromise the identities of [read more]

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