Legal news from Monday, April 7, 2008
19:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense said Monday that charges have been referred [press release] against Afghan Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Kamin, who is accused of providing material support to terrorism [sworn charges, PDF; JURIST report]. If convicted, Kamin faces a maximum life sentence. Kamin is accused [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] New EU anti-terror laws proposed by the European Commission [official website] fail to adequately reconcile human rights concerns and may conflict with the Council of Europe's Convention on the Prevention of Terrorism [COE materials], Council of Europe Parliamentary Assembly (PACE) Rapporteur Dick Marty [personal website; JURIST news archive] said [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Slovakia has signed an enforcement of sentences agreement [PDF text] with the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] to allow ICTY convicts to be held in Slovakian prisons, the ICTY announced [press release] Monday. Under the agreement, ICTY suspects who are held [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] War crimes suspect Vinko Kondic [case materials] pleaded not guilty [press release] Monday in the War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina to crimes against humanity and incitement to genocide charges allegedly committed during the Bosnian war. A former police deputy for the Prijedor [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Top officials in Kosovo [JURIST news archive] signed [press release, in Albanian] the country's new draft constitution [text] Monday. The constitution now goes to the Assembly of Kosovo [official website], which is expected to approve it. Last Thursday, the European Union certified [JURIST report] that the seceded Serbian province's [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's opposition Muslim Brotherhood [party website; FAS backgrounder] Monday announced that it would boycott municipal elections [MP statement; press release] set for April 8, saying that the government has continuously blocked the group's efforts to field candidates in the election. Party Deputy Chairman Dr. Mohamed Habib said that the [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] Monday submitted to parliament a proposed amendment to the controversial Article 301 [Amnesty backgrounder; JURIST news archive] of Turkey's penal code [text, in Turkish], which makes "insulting the Turkish identity" a crime. The amendment was promised last fall [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Women face legalized discrimination in nearly every country in the world despite pledges by 185 members to eliminate laws favoring men by 2005, according to a UN-commissioned report [PDF text] released Sunday. Prepared by University of London School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) [university website] law professor Fareda [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Ohio's lethal injection [DPIC backgrounder] procedures fall short of standards used to euthanize animals, according to Monday testimony from an anesthesiologist before a court hearing [ACLU press release] on the constitutionality of Ohio's death penalty procedure [JURIST news archive]. Dr. Mark Heath said that the state's method does not [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani Law and Justice Minister Farooq H. Naik has prepared a constitutional package that could restore judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf [official profile; JURIST news archive], the Pakistani Nation daily reported Monday. The package, which has reportedly been forwarded to Pakistani Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gillani [official [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] held its first Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [official website; OHCHR backgrounder] Monday, reviewing the human rights record of Bahrain. Under the UPR, the 47-member Council will systematically investigate the human rights situations in all 192 UN member nations. Bahrain's review [UPR materials; [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] A High Court judge in Harare said Monday that the court has jurisdiction to hear a lawsuit seeking a court order to compel the Zimbabwean Electoral Commission (ZEC) to immediately release the results [JURIST report] of the nation's March 29 presidential elections, but refused to issue an immediate ruling [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Belfast High Court on Monday heard arguments in a civil lawsuit against five suspected Real IRA [BBC backgrounder] members accused of involvement in the deadly 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC backgrounder], in which a car loaded with explosives killed 29 people and wounded 220 on a busy shopping street [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A district court in the Netherlands on Monday rejected [press release, in Dutch] the Dutch Islamic Federation's efforts to prevent anti-Quran statements by right-wing lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, in Dutch; BBC profile]. The court said that that Wilders' controversial statements against Islam and the Quran are protected by [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A former Nigerien slave appeared before the Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) [official websites] Monday, alleging that the government of Niger failed to fully enforce [Antislavery International press release, PDF] a 2003 law criminalizing the ownership of slaves. Hadijatou Mani Koraou, [read more]

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