Legal news from Monday, December 17, 2007
18:12 EDT

[JURIST] Nigeria [JURIST news archive] has secretly carried out at least seven state executions [press release] in recent years despite official denials, Amnesty International claimed Monday in a new report. The executed men, who were all hanged, were generally tried without representation and not given any opportunity to appeal their [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The alleged head of Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] went to trial in Indonesia Monday. Zarkasih [BBC profile] is charged with training and equipping JI members as well as conspiracy to commit terrorism. He could face the death penalty if convicted. BBC [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ruled [opinion, PDF; order, PDF] Monday that White House visitor logs are public documents [press release], rejecting a Bush administration bid to have the logs treated as confidential presidential records. Visitor logs are compiled by the Secret Service, and thus subject to Freedom of Information Act [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Uruguay military dictator and army chief Gregorio Alvarez [Wikipedia backgrounder] was charged Monday with crimes against humanity allegedly committed during the country's 1973-85 period of military rule [LOC backgrounder] and specifically for his alleged role in the secret transfers of several political prisoners in 1978, who disappeared and [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Incoming Argentinian President Cristina Fernandez [personal website, in Spanish] Monday dismissed Argentinian coast guard head Carlos Fernandez, one week after former Argentinian coast guard officer and torture suspect Hector Febres was found dead [AP report] in his military jail cell with high levels of cyanide in his blood. Febres [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile] has amended the controversial Public Order and Security Act [PDF text], according to Monday media reports. The law prohibits public political gatherings without prior police approval. If police turn down a party's application to hold a rally, the party can [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Iran [JURIST news archive] has charged women's rights activists Ronak Safarzadeh and Hana Abdi with acting "against national security" by allegedly participating in terrorist acts, an Iranian judge said Sunday. The two women were arrested [RFE/RL report] in October and are accused of having connections to Kurdish leftist group [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Former Hollinger International President David Radler [JURIST news archive] was sentenced Monday by a US federal judge to 29 months in prison. Radler pleaded guilty [JURIST report] in 2005 to one count of mail fraud after agreeing to serve as a witness against the company's former Chairman and CEO [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors in Malaysia on Monday dropped attempted murder charges [JURIST report] brought against 26 ethnic Indians for their role in anti-discrimination demonstrations [TIME report] held last month. The defendants have instead pleaded guilty to lesser charges of illegal assembly, mischief and damaging property. They face a maximum of five [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] New Jersey Governor Jon Corzine on Monday signed into law [press release] a bill ending the use of capital punishment [PDF text], making New Jersey the first state to abolish the use of the death penalty since the US Supreme Court reinstated it nationally in 1976. The legislation was [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration has proposed a draft regulation that would give political appointees in the Defense Department a role in the promotion of military lawyers working as members of the Judge Advocate General Corps, the Boston Globe reported over the weekend. Some 4,000 lawyers work as JAGs across the [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The ranking member of the US House Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] said Sunday that the committee would proceed with its investigation into the CIA's destruction of videotapes [JURIST report] showing the interrogation of terror suspects, despite the Justice Department's advice that the CIA not cooperate with the [read more]

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