Legal news from Friday, March 28, 2008
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] Both houses of the UK parliament should approve any UK government proposal to opt-in or opt-out of certain policy provisions of the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], the UK House of Lords Constitution Committee [official website] concluded [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] A criminal network may have been responsible for the 2005 assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], the UN International Independent Investigation Commission (IIIC) [authorizing resolution; UN materials] said Friday. In a press briefing [recorded audio] on its latest report [PDF text], the IIIC said [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] Friday condemned a film made by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch] that criticizes the Koran, calling it "offensively anti-Islamic." In a statement [text], Ban said:I condemn, in the strongest terms, the airing of Geert Wilders' offensively anti-Islamic film. [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] Puerto Rican Gov. Anibal Acevedo Vila [official website, in Spanish] pleaded not guilty Friday to 19 counts [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] of conspiracy, false statements, wire fraud, federal program fraud and tax crimes related to campaign financing, and other crimes. The charges stem from alleged violations of the Federal [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] US military prosecutors Friday dropped all charges against a US Marine charged in connection with the killings of 24 Iraqi civilians in Haditha [USMC timeline; JURIST news archive] in November 2005. Lance Cpl. Stephen B. Tatum [defense profile] had been charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and aggravated assault, [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Over 100 protesters rallied near a United Nations facility in Kathmandu on Friday, demonstrating against China's recent crackdown on pro-Tibet protests [BBC backgrounder]. Nepalese police arrested around 60 protesters, while about 20 others, reportedly Tibetan high school students, scaled the walls of the compound and peacefully demonstrated inside. Police [read more]

13:03 EDT

[JURIST] Chad's Higher Judicial Council on Friday recommended that Chadian President Idriss Deby [official website, in French; BBC profile] pardon six French aid workers convicted in Chad in December of attempting to kidnap [JURIST reports] 103 African children. Deby said earlier this month that he may pardon the aid workers [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Five former US secretaries of state Thursday called for the closure of the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] at a conference [UGA press release] held at the University of Georgia School of Law to discuss foreign policy issues. Colin Powell, Madeline Albright, Henry Kissinger, Warren Christopher, [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Uganda [official website] ruled Thursday that bail is not a constitutional right, but also found that holding a person in police custody for more than 48 hours without charge is a violation of human rights. The finding overturns sections of several Ugandan laws, including the [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Rhode Island Gov. Don Carcieri [official website] signed an executive order [PDF text; press release] Thursday that will require state agencies and companies to verify the legal status of their employees when they do business with the state, and will allow state police, prison and parole officials more flexibility [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Kurt Westergaard, one of the Danish cartoonists who drew the caricatures [Le Monde slideshow; JURIST news archive] of the Prophet Muhammad that sparked worldwide protests in 2005, plans to sue the author of an anti-Islam film for copyright infringement, Westergaard said Friday. Far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, [read more]

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