Legal news from Thursday, December 20, 2007
20:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Court on Friday local time upheld a decision [text] to reinstate the work visa of Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive], who was detained by Australian authorities in July in connection with July's attempted UK car bomb terror attacks [JURIST report]. Australian Immigration and Citizenship Minister [read more]

18:12 EDT

[JURIST] The White House said Thursday that it will appeal a Monday ruling [opinion, PDF; order, PDF] that held White House visitor logs to be public documents [press release], asking a federal judge not to force the logs' disclosure in the meantime. On Monday, US District Judge Royce C. Lamberth [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Navy Capt. Keith Allred ruled [PDF text] Wednesday that military commission proceedings against Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] can proceed, denying a defense motion to dismiss for lack of jurisdiction. Allred had earlier agreed to hold a hearing to determine [read more]

17:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Bush administration is abandoning a plan to give political appointees in the Defense Department a role in the promotion of military lawyers [Boston Globe report; JURIST report] working as members of the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, the Boston Globe reported Wednesday. Critics of the proposed plan said [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] The legal advisor to the Convening Authority [official backgrounder] for Military Commissions at Guantanamo Bay, US Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas W.Hartmann [official profile], Wednesday denied accusations by former Guantanamo Bay chief military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] that he was pressured to hold secret trials and [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Belfast, Northern Ireland, Thursday found alleged Real IRA [BBC backgrounder] member Sean Gerard Hoey not guilty [judgment text, PDF] of murder in relation to the 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC backgrounder], the worst terrorist attack in Northern Ireland history. Judge Reginald Weir ruled that there was insufficient [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] Three former UK residents held at Guantanamo Bay who were released [press release] from US custody Wednesday and then detained by UK authorities [JURIST report] the same day on their arrival home were released from UK custody Thursday. Libyan Omar Deghayes and Algerian Abdennour Sameur were arrested and Jordanian [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate passed the Block Burmese JADE (Junta's Anti-Democratic Efforts) Act of 2007 [HR 3890 materials] Wednesday, a bill that would impose new economic sanctions and travel restrictions on leaders from Myanmar [JURIST news archive]. The bill is intended to push the military government to restore democratic rule. [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly has passed a resolution [draft text, PDF] against "defamation of religion," expressing concern about laws that have led to religions discrimination and profiling since Sept. 11. The resolution urges all:States to provide, within their respective legal and constitutional systems, adequate protection against acts of hatred, [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] sent a memo to top Justice Department staff Wednesday advising them of a shift in DOJ policy that will limit who can discuss ongoing investigations with the White House. After he was nominated as attorney general, Mukasey promised that [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court has sentenced former prosecutor Li Baojin to death after convicting him Wednesday of accepting bribes and embezzling money. Li was found guilty of accepting $760,000 in bribes over a 10-year period while he worked as chief prosecutor and deputy police chief in Tianjin, as well as [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodia has lodged a formal complaint with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon over a UN official's comments earlier this month criticizing Cambodia's human rights record, Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said Thursday. Speaking at a rally in Phnom Penh to mark International Human Rights Day on December 10, Special Representative [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] South African National Prosecuting Authority [official website] acting Director Mokotedi Mpshe said Thursday that prosecutors have sufficient evidence to support corruption charges against Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who earlier this week was elected leader of the African National Congress [party website], putting him in position to [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate and House of Representatives Wednesday passed by voice vote the NICS Improvement Amendments Act of 2007 [HR 2640 materials], which closes a loophole [JURIST report] that allowed Virginia Tech shooter Seung-Hui Cho [Wikipedia profile] to purchase firearms despite a court order mandating psychiatric treatment. The US [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency will turn over information to Congress regarding the CIA's destruction of videotapes showing the interrogation of terror suspects [JURIST news archive], Rep. Silvestre Reyes (D-TX), chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, said Wednesday. Reyes' committee had begun the process of drawing up subpoenas [read more]

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