Legal news from Monday, March 3, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] Monday called on Israel [press release] to conduct an impartial investigation into the deaths of Palestinians during recent Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder], noting that as an occupying power Israel "bears a particular responsibility under [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Senate Monday unanimously confirmed Illinois US District Judge Mark Filip [official profile] as US deputy attorney general as part of an apparent compromise between the White House and Senate Democrats on a series of stalled nominations. Filip replaces Paul McNulty who, along with several other top Justice [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan councillor Vincent Rutaganira [TrialWatch profile] was released Sunday after completing a six-year jail sentence [JURIST report] for crimes against humanity, according to a statement [text] Monday by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ITCR) [official website]. Rutaganira was convicted by the ITCR in March 2005 after pleading [read more]

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[JURIST] Nigerian opposition leader and presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari [campaign website] has asked the Supreme Court of Nigeria [official website] to review last week's decision by the country's election tribunal to uphold the results of last year's disputed presidential elections [JURIST reports], according to Monday statements by Buhari's lawyer. Buhari [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] on Monday called on the 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website; JURIST news archive] to "create an environment of trust" and "spur greater accountability for action on human rights." In his speech [text] at the opening of [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] Arrest warrants issued by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for the leaders of Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) [MIPT backgrounder; JURIST news archive] "remain in effect and have to be executed" despite requests from Uganda that they be withdrawn, according to a statement [PDF text] issued by [read more]

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[JURIST] An Iraqi court has dropped all pending criminal charges against former Iraqi Deputy Health Minister Hakim al-Zamili and Brigadier General Hameed al-Shimmari "for lack of evidence," in part because many witness accounts were based on hearsay, Iraqi chief prosecutor Ghadanfar Mahmoud said Monday. The two high-level officials were accused [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] handed down decisions in two cases Monday, including Boulware v. US [LII case backgrounder], where the Court overturned a Ninth Circuit decision [PDF text] upholding a criminal tax evasion prosecution. The Supreme Court wrote:Sections 301 and 316(a) of the Internal [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] will not seek a second term when her commission ends on June 30, the Washington Post reported Monday citing anonymous sources. While serving as the UN's top human rights official, the Canadian-born Arbour has frequently spoken out against rights [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani police clashed with protesting lawyers outside the home of former Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] Monday, as the country's Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) announced plans to hold new demonstrations to pressure President Pervez Musharraf to reinstatement former Supreme Court justices who were ousted [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on Torture Manfred Nowak [UN profile] told AP on Sunday that multiple sources have confirmed that the US detained terror suspects at the US military base on the British island of Diego Garcia between 2002 and 2003, a claim which the US has previously denied. According [read more]

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[JURIST] Election observers from the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) [official website] Monday expressed reservations about the fairness of Russia's weekend presidential election, pointing to media restrictions and alleged polling irregularities that hampered opposition candidates. In a statement [text], PACE said:this election repeated most of the flaws [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A suspect in the assassination attempt against East Timorese President Jose Ramos Horta [BBC profile] turned himself in late Saturday, several weeks after the February 11 attempt on Horta's life outside his home. The suspect, Amaro da Costa, was described as an ex-police officer and is the only suspect [read more]

07:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] has upheld a lower court decision [PDF text; JURIST report] rejecting the Bush administration's attempt to exempt the US Navy from environmental laws [JURIST report] so that the Navy could continue using sonar in its anti-submarine warfare training [read more]

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