Legal news from Thursday, February 21, 2008
19:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US must do more to meet its obligations to fight racial discrimination under the International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination [text], UN rights experts from the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) [official website] said Thursday in a scheduled session [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] French judges Thursday questioned a trader tied to the alleged French "rogue trader" Jerome Kerviel [BBC profile], who made $73 billion worth of unauthorized trades [AP timeline] while working for French bank Societe Generale [corporate website]. The man, who worked for Societe Generale affiliate Fimat [bank website], was originally [read more]

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[JURIST] Serbian demonstrators set fire to the US Embassy in Belgrade [official website] Thursday after a massive street demonstration that drew an estimated 150,000 people to protest Kosovo's weekend unilateral declaration of independence [text; JURIST report]. The United States formally recognized Kosovo as a sovereign state [JURIST report] on Monday, [read more]

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[JURIST] US President George W. Bush Thursday reiterated his call for Congress to extend the temporary Protect America Act [S 1927 materials; JURIST report], which expired on Saturday without an agreement in Congress on replacement legislation, and said he can foresee "no compromise" with Congressional Democrats on the issue of [read more]

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[JURIST] Pakistan’s two main opposition parties have agreed to form a coalition government and to work together towards the reinstatement of ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] and other dismissed superior court judges, former Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], head of [read more]

18:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay chief military prosecutor Col. Morris Davis [official profile, PDF] told AP Thursday that he has agreed to appear as a defense witness in the military commission trial of Guantanamo detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. In October 2007, Davis resigned [JURIST report; JURIST [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan Minister of Youth and Sports Callixte Nzabonimana [TrialWatch profile] Wednesday pleaded not guilty [ICTR press release] to charges [indictment, DOC] relating to Rwanda's 1994 genocide in his first appearance before the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Nzabonimana was arrested [JURIST report] [read more]

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[JURIST] A military jury in Hawaii convicted US Army Specialist Christopher P. Shore on Wednesday of aggravated assault on charges stemming from the June 23, 2007 killing of an unarmed Iraqi civilian near the Iraqi city of Kirkuk [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], but acquitted him on charges of third-degree murder. Shore could [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs David Miliband [official profile; BBC profile] said Thursday that two US planes landed on the UK territory of Diego Garcia in 2002 to refuel during extraordinary rendition flights [JURIST news archive]. Miliband apologized [text] for previously denying that such stops [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Chad [JURIST news archive] is using the current state of emergency [JURIST report] to clamp down on journalists and members of peaceful opposition parties, Amnesty International [advocacy website] said Wednesday. Amnesty said that the government has arrested at least three opposition members [press release] and that [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] TIME magazine [media website] on Thursday asked the Supreme Court of Indonesia to reconsider its August 2007 decision [JURIST report] awarding former Indonesian President Haji Mohammad Suharto [CNN profile; JURIST news archive] $106 million in damages in Suharto's defamation suit against the publication. Suharto sued TIME over a 1999 [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Russian Atomic Energy Minister Yevgeny Adamov [Kommersant profile, JURIST news archive] was sentenced to 5 1/2 years in prison by Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court Wednesday, after being convicted on charges of fraud and abuse of office [JURIST report] earlier in the week. He was convicted for his involvement [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday appealed the UK Home Office's approval of his extradition [JURIST report] to the US on charges of supporting terrorism, arguing that UK courts should review the evidence against Abu Hamza before he is extradited. Abu Hamza, currently [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police in Karachi used tear gas against lawyers rallying for the restoration of ousted Pakistani superior court judges on Thursday, soon after now-dismissed Pakistani Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] addressed them by telephone from his official residence in Islamabad, where he is still [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] approved a resolution [Res. 1800 text] Wednesday authorizing Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to appoint four additional judges to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. The Security Council unanimously approved the measure to enable the ICTY to try all defendants [read more]

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