Legal news from Friday, January 18, 2008
16:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US federal judge on Friday sentenced Mohamed Mansour Jabarah [CBC profile] to life in prison for plotting to bomb US embassies in Singapore and the Philippines [criminal information, PDF]. Jabarah, a Canadian citizen of Iraqi descent, pleaded guilty in 2002 to five counts:(1) conspiracy to kill United States [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The five alleged plotters of an attack on Fort Dix [official website] pleaded not guilty Friday to new charges filed against them, including attempted murder, and received a new date for trial. Prosecutors filed the additional charges [JURIST report] earlier this week. Jury selection is scheduled for September 29, [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Jaafar al-Moussawi, the chief prosecutor in the trial of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archives] says he has been demoted and transferred from Baghdad to the northern city of Sulaimaniya after speaking out against the Iraqi High Tribunal [official website, JURIST news archive], according to Reuters Friday. Al-Moussawi claims he [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Switzerland has suspended an investigation into US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] agents allegedly involved in the 2003 abduction and rendition of Egyptian cleric Hassan Mustafa Osama Nasr [JURIST news archive], a spokesperson from the Swiss Federal Prosecutor's Office said Friday. The Swiss Federal Council authorized the criminal [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday granted certiorari in six cases [order list, PDF], including Crawford v. Nashville and Davidson Cty., TN (06-1595) [docket; cert. petition], in which the Supreme Court will consider whether Title VII of the 1964 Civil Rights Act [text] protects [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese dissident writer will face trial next week on subversion charges related to essays exposing corruption within the Communist Party of China [official backgrounder], the writer's wife told AP Friday. Lu Gengsong was arrested [JURIST report] last October on charges of "inciting subversion of power," according to advocacy [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand Friday rejected the major legal challenges brought against last month's election results. The ruling frees the People Power Party (PPP), which won 233 out of 480 parliament seats in the first election since the current interim military-backed government came to power in a September [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish President Abdullah Gul [official profile] Friday signed a bill banning smoking in government buildings, offices, bars and restaurants. The bill was passed [JURIST report] by the Turkish Grand National Assembly [official website] earlier this month. The ban includes penalties for anyone caught smoking in a prohibited area or [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] Prosecutors dropped all criminal charges Friday against former Canadian Red Cross [group website] national medical director Dr. Roger Perrault, who had been implicated in Canada's tainted blood scandal [CBC backgrounder], finding that there was "no reasonable prospect of conviction in this case." Perrault's lawyer said that his client should [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Niger authorities will release on bail two French journalists charged [JURIST report] this week with threatening state security, the journalists' lawyer said Friday. Reporter Pierre Creisson and cameraman Thomas Dandois [profiles, in French] will be released when each journalist posts bail for $22,000. Passports have already been returned to [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Serbian court convicted 26 members of Belgrade's "Zemun clan" and sentenced them collectively to 465 years in prison Friday. The Zemun clan once acted as a hit squad for former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic [JURIST news archive]. Those convicted, including former paramilitary commander Milorad Ulemek, had been charged [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] North Korea [JURIST news archive] has shown no improvement in its human rights record and still systematically tortures its citizens, a UN special rapporteur said Friday. Vitit Muntarbhorn [UN press release] and a special UN envoy visited Japan [press release] this week to assess the impact of the North [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya's main opposition party, the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) [party website] said Friday that it would use economic boycotts and strikes to continue protests over the disputed re-election [JURIST report] of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] after ODM supporters clashed with police [JURIST report] during three days of [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] US House Government Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) [official website] has scheduled a hearing [press release] for mid-February to look into White House compliance with the Presidential Records Act and to investigate the contradiction between comments [press briefing; JURIST report] made Thursday by White House Deputy Press [read more]

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