Legal news from Thursday, March 20, 2008
18:03 EDT

[JURIST] Attacks carried out by the Sudanese Army in four Darfur villages earlier this year constituted human rights violations, according to a report [PDF text; press release] released Thursday by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) [official website]. The attacks, ostensibly meant to drive back the rebel Justice [read more]

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[JURIST] Bangladeshi authorities Thursday released a cartoonist detained for allegedly insulting the Muslim prophet Muhammad after the police official pressing charges against him repeatedly failed to appear in court. Arifur Rahman was arrested [RSF report; JURIST report] in September after the magazine Alpin, a subsidiary of Prothom Alo [media website, [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] Thursday ruled [order] that lawyers for Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] could present evidence before the Court that the US is detaining Khadr in violation of international law. At a hearing scheduled for next week, Khadr's lawyers are [read more]

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[JURIST] The District of Columbia Court of Appeals [official website] Thursday issued a disbarment order [PDF text] for former vice-presidential aide I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby [JURIST news archive], banning him from practicing law in the District of Columbia. The DC Bar's Board on Professional Responsibility [official site] found that Libby's [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Office of the Prosecutor-General [official website, in Russian] has opened a criminal investigation into allegations that exiled business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] falsely claimed the country's secret service had targeted him for assassination, an office spokesperson told the Itar-Tass news agency Thursday. Prosecutors [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Milberg Weiss [firm website] partner and co-founder Melvyn Weiss on Thursday agreed to plead guilty [statement, PDF; firm statement, PDF] to federal charges stemming from a long-running US Attorney investigation into an alleged kickback scheme. Weiss was indicted last year for conspiracy, racketeering, obstruction of justice and making false [read more]

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[JURIST] Representatives of Cuba and Venezuela Wednesday criticized the US during a UN Security Council meeting [press release] for failing to turn over anti-Castro militant Luis Posada Carriles [JURIST news archive; case materials], saying that the US is bound by international treaties, including the International Convention for the Suppression of [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] China [JURIST news archive] has arrested 24 suspects in Tibet for their role in pro-Tibet protests [BBC backgrounder] that erupted throughout the region last week, the Tibet Daily reported Thursday. The suspects are charged with endangering national security, among other crimes, and many more are expected to be detained [read more]

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[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday rejected a request by former Khmer Rouge official Nuon Chea [PBS backgrounder] to be released from provisional detention [JURIST report]. Nuon Chea, known as Brother Number Two in the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder], [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean court convicted 24 former Chilean police officers of human rights violations on Wednesday for their role in the 1973 murders of 30 leftist prisoners. A woman who survived the incident, which took place during the regime of former dictator Augusto Pinochet [JURIST news archive], testified that the [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Seventeen Chinese Uighur Muslims detained at Guantanamo Bay for six years have still not been told why they are being held at the military facility, according to a letter [DOC text] written by one of the detainees and released by his lawyers Wednesday. According to Abdulghappar Turkistani, he and [read more]

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