Legal news from Thursday, July 10, 2008
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US and coalition forces have released more than 9,000 detainees in Iraq already this year, more than were released in all of 2007, according to a statement [press release] issued Wednesday by the Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF-I) [official website]. The MNF-I reported that 9,047 detainees had been released in [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former White House advisor Karl Rove [official profile] Wednesday refused to testify before a scheduled Thursday hearing of the US House Judiciary Committee [official website; hearing materials] in defiance of a subpoena. In May, the committee subpoenaed [CNN report] Rove to testify concerning any involvement in the prosecution of [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] South Korean prosecutors indicted two former naval officers on charges of stealing state secrets Thursday. The two men, now working for German submarine manufacturer Howaldtswerke-Deutsche Werft [corporate website, in German], allegedly obtained classified documents about South Korea's submarine program from a navy captain, who is also under investigation. AFP [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Ministry of Defence (MOD) [official website] reached a settlement Thursday with nine Iraqi men who say they were tortured while detained by British troops [JURIST report] in Basra in 2003. A MOD spokesman said the military had agreed to pay £2.83 million in compensation, as well as [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The district court of The Hague ruled Thursday that it does not have jurisdiction to hear a case against the UN for its alleged failure to protect civilians during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [BBC timeline; JURIST news archive]. Srebrenica survivors who filed the lawsuit alleged that both the Netherlands [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Employment Tribunal [official website] Thursday found [judgment, PDF] for a central-London registrar who says she was harassed for refusing to perform same-sex civil unions on religious grounds. Lillian Ladele alleged that her colleagues at the Islington Council [official website] threatened and excluded her in retaliation for her [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that an Arizona election law requiring that independent presidential candidates register earlier than those affiliated with political parties was unconstitutional. Presidential candidate Ralph Nader [campaign website] had filed a challenge to the deadline, arguing that it [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official website, in French] Thursday told [translated audio, ASF; press release] the European Parliament [official website] that the European Union (EU) should quickly resolve conflicts over the proposed EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text], [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippine Commission on Human Rights (CHR) [official website] announced Thursday that it will investigate Australian mining company Oceana Gold [corporate website] for possible human rights violations at the site of a planned gold and copper mine in Didipio, Philippines. According to CHR chairwoman Leila M. De Lima [official [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] Thursday acquitted [press release; judgment summary] Former Macedonian Interior Minister Ljube Boskovski of charges related to the deaths of seven ethnic Albanian civilians, but sentenced his former bodyguard to 12 years in prison. Johan Tarculovski [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] released documents [text, PDF] Wednesday indicating that the Canadian government knew he had been mistreated at the detention center before agents questioned him in 2004. The documents include reports on interviews with Khadr, and were among those [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website, in Russian] Thursday said [press release, in Russian] the recent acquittal of Bosnian Muslim war crimes suspect Naser Oric [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive] by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] shows that the court [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Officials for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Wednesday that they will revise the Principles of Federal Prosecution of Business Organizations [text, PDF] to no longer induce waivers of the attorney-client privilege and to limit what sensitive information investigators may gather. The announcement was part of [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered a federal court to hold an evidentiary hearing to consider whether a man sentenced to death for murder might be mentally retarded. After Michael Wayne Hall was convicted of the 1998 killing of a 19-year-old [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] Wednesday affirmed the conviction [JURIST report] of a Pakistani man tried for conspiring to bomb a New York City subway station. On appeal, Shahawar Matin Siraj (Matin) argued that the Federal Rules of Criminal Procedure [text] required police [read more]

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