Legal news from Saturday, February 16, 2008
13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The adoption of a media charter by the council of Arab information ministers is an attempt to take away what limited broadcast freedom private TV viewers enjoy, according to a statement [press release] text by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) [advocacy website] Saturday. Last week Arab governments adopted [read more]

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[JURIST] The Federal Court of Canada [official website] refused a request by the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) [official website] for warrants allowing it to conduct overseas electronic surveillance on 10 individuals, including 9 Canadians or Canadian immigrants, in a ruling [summary, PDF] made public Friday. Mr. Justice Edmond Blanchard [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Khmer Rouge Commander Sam Bith died Friday at the age of 74 after suffering from a history of high blood pressure and diabetes. Bith was serving a life sentence after being convicted by a Cambodian court in 2002 of ordering the kidnapping and execution of three tourists stemming [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers for Zacarias Moussaoui [JURIST news archive] said their client's guilty plea and life prison sentence should be overturned because his constitutional rights were violated, according to court papers released Friday. The 207-page brief filed in the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] asks that [read more]

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[JURIST] Pakistani officials on Friday arrested a fifth suspect for his alleged involvement in the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Police described the suspect, Abdul Rasheed, as an important member of the conspiracy behind the December 27 attack. The arrest comes three days [read more]

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[JURIST] A Zambian High Court Magistrate Friday ruled that former Zambian President Frederick Chiluba [BBC profile] must stand trial for allegedly stealing money from the country's treasury while in office from 1991-2001. Chiluba and two Zambian businessmen, Faustin Kabwe and Aaron Chungu, face a total of 12 counts of theft [read more]

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