Legal news from Tuesday, December 11, 2007
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] CIA Director Michael Hayden [official profile] appeared before the US Senate Intelligence Committee [official website] in a closed session Tuesday to testify about the CIA's destruction of videotapes [JURIST news archive] allegedly showing the harsh interrogation of "high value" terror suspects. Panel members noted that major questions still remained [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official backgrounder] Tuesday ruled [opinion, PDF; ACLU press release] against publicly releasing documents regarding the National Security Agency's warrantless domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive], finding that the documents deal with national security secrets. In August, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was sentenced to six years in prison Tuesday for abuse of authority in the last months of his 1990-2000 rule. Fujimori was convicted of ordering a warrantless search in 2000 on the apartment of the wife of former Peruvian [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] Cuba will sign the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights [text] in the first quarter of the coming year, Cuban Foreign Minister Felipe Perez Roque [official profile, in Spanish] said Monday during an event to mark International Human Rights Day. He also said Cuba would join the International [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] Tuesday ruled [opinion;press release, PDF] that labor unions can try to prevent employers from hiring cheaper labor from other EU countries, but limited workers' right to strike. The court found that workers were entitled to strike to protect existing jobs or [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecution and defense lawyers said Tuesday that they will be ready to present evidence when the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [SCSL case materials; JURIST news archive] resumes in January at the Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website]. Taylor's trial began in June, but [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo detainee who alleges he was tortured when the CIA handed him over to Moroccan interrogators has asked the UK government to ensure that photographic evidence of his torture is preserved, according to Tuesday reports. Ethiopian Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile] says that in 2002 US forces "outsourced" [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The superior courts of Pakistan are facing a massive shortage of judges in the wake of automatic dismissals following President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule, according to Pakistani officials in the country's Law Ministry [official website] quoted by Pakistan's News daily Tuesday. While the country's Supreme [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] About one dozen officers on trial in the Philippines [JURIST news archive] in connection with a failed 2003 mutiny [BBC report] apologized to the court Tuesday for an aborted coup attempt [JURIST report] against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo [official website; BBC profile] last month. In a letter provided [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A retired US CIA agent told ABC News Monday that CIA interrogators have successfully used waterboarding [JURIST news archive] to get crucial information about planned terror attacks, though the agent did say he considered the technique to be torture. Retired agent John Kiriakou, in an ABC News interview [ABC [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand will pardon [statement, in Thai] as many as 25,000 prisoners in honor of King Bhumibol Adulyadej's 80th birthday, Thai Department of Corrections [official website] Director Wanchai Roujanavong told AFP Tuesday. Approximately 25,000 inmates are eligible for pardons and a number of other prisoners will have their sentences reduced, [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers from the CIA's clandestine operations branch, formerly known as the Directorate of Operations, provided written approval for the CIA's destruction of videotapes [JURIST report] showing the interrogation of terror suspects, the New York Times reported Tuesday. According to the Times' source, a former CIA official speaking on the [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] Portions of the 1996 Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act (AEDPA) [text] and its 2004 amendment, the Intelligence Reform and Terrorism Prevention Act [text] which make it a crime to help groups considered to be terrorist organizations by the US government are too vague, the US Court of Appeals [read more]

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