Legal news from Friday, May 23, 2008
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Marine Corps General Friday declined to press charges against two US Marines involved in a March 2007 incident [CENTCOM press release] in which 30 US Marines opened fire on civilians alongside a road in Nangahar province, Afghanistan, after a suicide bomber drove a vehicle carrying explosives into their [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] Friday ruled [text, PDF; press release, PDF] that a small uninhabited island on which Singapore operates a light beacon does in fact belong to the country, ending a 38-year long dispute between it and neighboring Malaysia [JURIST news archives]. The court [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] unanimously ruled [text] Friday that Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] has a constitutional right to see confidential documents compiled by Canadian officials following interviews with Khadr in prison, but found that the government could withhold some information [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [JURIST news archive] Thurday sentenced three members of the Bundu dia Kongo (BDK) [group website, in French; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] separatist movement to death after finding them guilty of assassination and murder in a mass trial. A defense lawyer said the [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman filed a petition Thursday for the arrest of former Argentine President Carlos Menem [BBC backgrounder] and five others accused of covering up the possible involvement of businessman Alberto Jacinto Kanoore Edul in the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. In 2004, [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Friday provisionally released [press release] a Kosovar journalist indicted [PDF text; JURIST report] on contempt of court charges for allegedly publishing the identity of a witness in the war crimes trial of former Kosovar Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] US military judge Col. Ralph Kohlmann [JURIST news archive] Thursday denied a request by military-appointed defense lawyers to postpone the arraignment of the five Guantanamo Bay detainees charged with plotting the Sept. 11 attacks [JURIST news archives]. The lawyers had asked for more time to mount defenses for their [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US will re-check its detention records to verify the accuracy of a report [text, DOC; JURIST report] filed last week by US officials with the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child [committee website] concerning the number of minors it has detained in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo [read more]

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[JURIST] The US military has failed to ensure that over $8 billion dollars in Iraq reconstruction contracts awarded between 2001 and 2006 complied with federal anti-fraud laws, according to a report [PDF text] released Thursday by the Department of Defense Inspector General's Office [official website]. The same day, Deputy Inspector [read more]

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[JURIST] The German Bundesrat [official website], the upper house of the German parliament, voted Friday [BBC report] to approve the EU reform treaty, known formally as the Treaty of Lisbon [PDF; official website]. All but one of the sixteen states represented in the Bundesrat voted in favor of approval. The [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of China and the country's Ministry of Justice [official websites] have released new rules to clarify China's death penalty review procedures, state media reported Friday. Under the new system, three Supreme Court judges must review all death sentences imposed by local courts. The rules also contain [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Permanent Representatives Committee of the Council of the European Union [official website] Thursday agreed on a draft proposal [press release, PDF] for new rules to combat illegal immigration. Under the proposal, illegal aliens caught within the EU could be deported and banned from returning for five years. Authorities [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official profile; JURIST news archive] Thursday defended the Bush administration's authorization of the use of harsh interrogation tactics, including waterboarding [JURIST news archive], on suspected terrorist detainees. In her comments at the headquarters of the technology company Google, Rice stated that a special [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Alliance Defense Fund [advocacy website], a conservative Christian legal advocacy group, petitioned [text, PDF] the Supreme Court of California [court website] Thursday to stay its May 15 decision [opinion, PDF; JURIST report] overturning a ban on same-sex marriage until the outcome of the November state elections. It is expected [read more]

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