Legal news from Wednesday, July 9, 2008
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] German border police arrested [press release] Rwandan war crimes suspect Callixte Mbarushiman on Wednesday as he was preparing to travel to Russia. Mbarushimana, a Hutu, was an employee of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) [official website] in Rwanda during the the country's 1994 genocide [HRW backgrounder], and was arrested in Frankfurt [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) [advocacy website] Monday filed bar complaints [press release] against two former US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] officials, alleging that Michael J. Elston and Esther Slater McDonald [bar complaints, PDF] improperly considered applicants' political affiliations when reviewing applications for DOJ jobs and [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Two Swiss nationalist parties gathered enough signatures on their initiative against the construction of minarets [initiative website, in French] to force a national referendum [Federal Council press release] on whether the country's constitution should be amended to ban the structures, the Swiss government announced Tuesday. Officials for the right-wing [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's opposition Democrat party Wednesday announced it would launch an impeachment bid against Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej [BBC profile] after a series of court decisions against key officials in the government and Samak's People Power Party (PPP). On Wednesday, the Thai Constitutional Court [official website, in Thai] dismissed [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A former Chinese anti-corruption [Xinhua backgrounder] prosecutor was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday for torturing to death a government official in May 2007. Xiong Zhengliang was convicted of killing Liang Jiping, a deputy director of a government electricity utility, while Liang was in custody for allegedly accepting bribes. Xiong [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A pair of Bosnian Serb cousins went to trial before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; press briefing] Wednesday on charges of murder, extermination and torture. Milan Lukic and Sredoje Lukic [indictment; case backgrounder, PDF] are accused of crimes against humanity related to their [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Wednesday voted 69-28 [roll call] to approve a bill amending the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) [text; JURIST news archive] to grant retroactive immunity to telecommunications companies participating in the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST news archive]. Earlier in the day, the Senate had rejected three [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli rights group Yesh Din [advocacy website] published an update [data sheet, PDF] Tuesday to its 2006 report [text, PDF; summary, PDF] detailing the lack of investigations and prosecutions of Israeli settlers who commit crimes against Palestinians [JURIST news archives]. According to the report, Israeli police have issued indictments [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Attorney General Michael Mukasey denied Wednesday that proposed Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) [official website] guidelines would allow agents to open terror investigations based solely on a person's race, religion, or ethnicity. Testifying at a meeting [notice of hearing] of the Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], Mukasey said that [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The chief judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [court website] said Tuesday that the US government should make detention appeals by Guantanamo detainees a top priority, and devote all necessary resources to ensuring that the appeals reach trial in a timely manner. Judge Thomas F. [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Judges at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Court of Cambodia (ECCC) [court website] Wednesday denied the bail request [decision text, PDF] of former Khmer Rouge minister for social affairs Ieng Thirith [JURIST news archive], finding that she could be criminally culpable for her actions and that she is still [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A UK intelligence official said Tuesday that there are "very strong indications" that the Russian government was behind the murder of former KGB agent and British citizen Alexander Litvinenko [JURIST news archive; BBC timeline]. The official made the comments [BBC video clip] anonymously during a television interview with the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US government is preventing the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] from paying lawyers defending Guantanamo Bay terrorism suspects on trial before US military commissions [JURIST news archive], ACLU director Anthony Romero said Tuesday. Lawyers for the group's John Adams Project [advocacy website] are defending detainees included [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A former British intelligence bureau chief told [transcript] the House of Lords Tuesday that a proposed anti-terror bill [materials; BBC Q/A] allowing authorities to detain terror suspects without charge for up to 42 days [JURIST news archive] is impractical and unprincipled. Elizabeth Manningham-Buller [BBC profile], who resigned as the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Group of States against Corruption (GRECO) [official website] expressed "great concern" Tuesday over Italy's decision to dissolve the office of High Commissioner against corruption [official website], effective August 25, 2008. In a letter [PDF] to High Commissioner Vincenzo Grimaldi, the president of GRECO, a coalition of European states [read more]

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