Legal news from Saturday, April 12, 2008
16:04 EDT

[JURIST] Nine Tibetan monks have been arrested by Chinese authorities in connection with the March bombing of a government building as part of recent protests against Chinese rule in Tibet [BBC backgrounder]. China's Xinhua news agency reported Saturday that the Buddhist monks have confessed to the bombing. Also Saturday, Chinese [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Communist Party of Nepal - Maoists (CPN-M) [party website; JURIST news archive] has won 27 constituencies where vote counting has been completed in the election for Nepal's Constituent Assembly, election officials said Saturday. The 601 member assembly will be in charge of drafting a new constitution [JURIST news [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian Internet providers said Friday that they will remove a ban [JURIST report] on file-sharing websites including YouTube, Google Video, and MySpace [corporate websites], which was put in place to prevent the transmission of a controversial anti-Islamic film [JURIST report] created by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders [personal website, [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] China's chief justice has instructed judges to impose harsh sentences, including the death penalty, for violent crimes, China's Xinhua news agency reported Saturday. Touring the Guangdong province last week, president of the Supreme People's Court [official website] Wang Shengjun [official profile], said that crimes posing a serious threat to [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Frustrations over the delay of the US military commission trial of Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] continued Friday, with prosecutors urging US military judge Col. Peter Brownback to set a trial date and Khadr's defense team blaming the prosecution for delays, saying that [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Colombian court Friday temporarily blocked extradition to the US of narcotics trafficker and former paramilitary chief Carlos Mario Jimenez Naranjo, also known as "Macaco," staying extradition approval granted last week by President Alvaro Uribe that had followed the Colombian Supreme Court's ruling permitting extradition [Xinhua reports]. Jimenez, who [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US will continue to hold Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein [AP materials; JURIST news archive] despite an Iraqi judicial order dismissing terrorism-related charges [JURIST report] against Hussein, a US military spokesman has said. Hussein, who has been detained in Iraq by the US for two years, was granted [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Michael Chertoff [official profile] said Friday that DHS will move forward with plans to use spy satellites as part of a domestic intelligence program designed to assist law enforcement agencies. In his response to concerns [press release; letter, PDF] by Representatives Bennie [read more]

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