Legal news from Monday, May 5, 2008
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] A former Iraqi detainee filed a lawsuit against two private US military contractors Monday alleging that he was tortured tortured while held at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Iraq in 2003, according to AP. Emad al-Janabi said that employees of CACI International and L-3 Communications [corporate [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] New information concerning charges that separatist Kosovo Liberation Army [BBC backgrounder] leaders were involved in trafficking organs taken from Serb prisoners during the 1998-1999 war in Kosovo justifies a probe into the allegations, Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] said Monday. HRW urged [press release] Kosovo and Albania to launch [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A key member of a five-person panel convened last week by Pakistan's coalition government to draft a parliamentary resolution to reinstate judges ousted by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf has quit, according to local media reports Monday. Retired Justice Fakhruddin Ibrahim sent a letter to Pakistani Law Minister Farooq Naek [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian authorities have arrested an alleged member of the Southeast Asian terror group Jemaah Islamiyah (JI) [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in connection with the 2005 Bali bombings [BBC report] that killed 20 people and injured over a hundred, a police spokesman told AFP Monday. Faiz Fauzan is accused [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Texas court Monday set the execution date for Mexican national and Texas prisoner Jose Ernesto Medellin [ASIL backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for August 5, after the US Supreme Court ruled [JURIST report] in March that President George W. Bush did not have the authority to direct state courts [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A scheduled May 10 referendum [JURIST report] on a draft constitution [JURIST news archives] proposed by Myanmar's ruling junta will proceed as planned despite a devastating weekend storm that left an estimated 4000 people dead and thousands more homeless, state media reported Monday. The New Light of Myanmar [media [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian High Court Monday accepted a challenge by Malay-Roman Catholic Herald [media website] newspaper to a government ban on using the word "Allah" as a synonym for "God," rejecting the government's argument that the lawsuit by the Kuala Lumpur-based weekly was without merit. The Malaysian government imposed the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] One or more suspected pipe bombs exploded early Sunday morning outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, California. No warning was given of the blast but no one was hurt. The front entrance of the Edward J. Schwartz US Courthouse [official website] was damaged. No arrests have been made [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) [official website] Sunday abandoned a proposal to legally recognize same-sex civil union ceremonies after the Australian federal government threatened to veto Civil Partnerships Bill 2006 [legislative materials; PDF text] if it passed the ACT Legislative Assembly [official websites]. ACT Attorney General Simon Corbell said [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Bolivians in the state of Santa Cruz [official website, in Spanish] participated in a regional referendum Sunday on greater autonomy from the Bolivian national government despite opposition from Bolivian President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile], who characterized the referendum as illegal and unconstitutional. The poll was backed by [read more]

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