Legal news from Wednesday, February 20, 2008
18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Members of the European Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee [official website] have criticized the European Union's terrorism watch list [text, PDF] as unfair and opaque, saying that the process for adding names to the list should be changed, according to Wednesday media reports. The comments came during a debate on [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] said through a spokesperson Wednesday that freedom of expression should take into account respect for religious beliefs [press briefing transcript]. The comments come in response to the recent controversy over the reprinting [JURIST report] of a cartoon depiction of the Muslim prophet Muhammad [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) [official website] is urging the US Department of Justice to charge resigning Cuban leader Fidel Castro [official profile; BBC profile] with murder for the 1996 killings of four US aid workers, according to Wednesday media reports. In a letter to Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Ros-Lehtinen [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan opposition leaders said Wednesday that they would begin renewed demonstrations next week if the government does not make progress on writing a new constitution. Negotiations between Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] and opposition candidate Raila Odinga [campaign profile] appear to have stalled, but last Thursday both sides [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Tuesday filed a complaint [PDF text; SEC litigation release] accusing former Refco Inc. CEO Phillip R. Bennett of committing civil fraud in connection with allegations that he reported false information about the futures trader's financial health. The civil fraud [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russia Wednesday condemned [press statement] a decision [press release, PDF] by the European Union [official website] to send a task force of police, prosecutors and judges into Kosovo [JURIST news archive] to support the rule of law there after the expiry of the current UN mandate, with Russian Foreign [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Luxembourg Chamber of Deputies [official website, in French] on Wednesday narrowly passed a bill legalizing euthanasia [PDF text, in French], in a move that could make Luxembourg the third European Union country to allow the controversial practice. Before it can take effect, the bill still has to be [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for a US Marine charged in connection with the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005 filed motions Tuesday requesting that the charges be dropped [press release]. Lt. Col. Jeffrey R. Chessani [JURIST news archive] faces court-martial on April 28 [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani lawyers will resume protests in Islamabad unless the superior court judges ousted [JURIST report] in November 2007 by President Pervez Musharraf are reinstated, Pakistani Supreme Court Bar Association President Aitzaz Ahsan [PILDAT profile] said Wednesday. Ahsan, originally detained in a security sweep after Musharraf's November 3 proclamation of [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The United States engages in widespread and systematic racial discrimination in violation of its obligations under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) [text], human rights groups said Wednesday. US Human Rights Network Executive Director Ajamu Baraka told reporters that the US has [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Indictments for the leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] still remain in effect despite a recent agreement between the LRA and the Ugandan government to establish a national war crimes court [JURIST report], the International Criminal Court [official website] prosecutor's office said Wednesday. [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentinean woman has brought charges against her adoptive parents for kidnapping her and falsifying her identity during Argentina's "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. While several other cases have dealt with the abduction of children [BBC report] by Argentinean military agents in the 1970s, this marks the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Cambodian head of state Khieu Samphan [JURIST news archive] is ending his cooperation with the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], Khieu Samphan's lawyer told the Cambodia Daily in a Wednesday report. Khieu Samphan was arrested [JURIST report] by the ECCC in November 2007 [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning [official website] on Tuesday filed a motion for rehearing [press release] asking the Nebraska Supreme Court to reconsider its recent decision banning the use of the electric chair [PDF text; JURIST report]. The motion listed five errors in the ruling as reasons why the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in five cases Wednesday, including Rowe v. New Hampshire Motor Transport Association [LII case backgrounder; JURIST report], where the Court held that federal law preempts two provisions of a Maine tobacco transport law requiring special inspection of [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian police arrested [MB report] 70 more members of the opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] Wednesday, most of whom were expected to run in upcoming provincial council elections scheduled for April 8 [MB report]. Egypt's provincial councils administer local municipal government services. These municipal elections were originally [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The court-martial of US Army Specialist Christopher P. Shore began in Hawaii Tuesday for charges of third-degree murder in the June 23, 2007 killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Shore originally faced charges of premeditated murder of the unspecified "Iraqi national," [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] The resignation [text] of Cuban President Fidel Castro [BBC profile] could prompt lawsuits against him in Spanish courts for crimes against humanity, Spanish human rights lawyers indicated on Tuesday. In December, the Spanish Audiencia Nacional dismissed a claim against Castro [JURIST report] and Cuban Minister of Tourism Osmani Cienfuegos [read more]

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