Legal news from Monday, September 15, 2008
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] Zimabwean president Robert Mugabe [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday signed a power-sharing agreement [Harare Tribune text] between their African National Union-Patriotic Front (ZANU-PF) and Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party websites] parties. Under the agreement, Mugabe would remain [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US has denied a Pakistani delegation's request to meet with Pakistani detainees held at the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to a Daily Times report [text] published Sunday. According to the report, the US said that it does not permit delegations to [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] An Australian jury on Monday convicted radical cleric Abdul Nacer Benbrika [BBC profile] and five other Muslims in that country's highest-profile terrorism trial to date. Benbrika, also known as Abu Bakr, was found guilty [charge list] in the Supreme Court of Victoria [official website] on charges of directing the [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US soldier and an Iraqi translator for the US military testified against Staff Sgt. Hal M. Warner [defense website; JURIST news archive] as an Article 32 preliminary hearing [JAG backgrounder] concluded Sunday in Iraq [JURIST news archive]. Military prosecutors are seeking to court-martial Warner, of the Army's 1st [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday convicted [press release] former Bosnian army commander Rasim Delic [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF; Trial Watch profile] of cruel treatment and sentenced him to three years in prison. With one judge dissenting, a trial [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Friday announced plans [briefing transcript] to implement new guidelines extending the FBI's investigatory powers relating to terrorism. The plan calls for the merger of the Guidelines on General Crimes, the National Security Investigative [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in South Africa's Pietermaritzburg High Court ruled [text, PDF] Friday that an earlier decision to prosecute politician Jacob Zuma [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on corruption charges was procedurally invalid because Zuma was not given the chance to respond to the allegations against him. In December 2007, [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Virginia Supreme Court [official website] has struck down [opinion, PDF] as unconstitutional a state law [text] criminalizing the production of falsified, unsolicited bulk e-mail. The court on Friday vacated the conviction of prominent spammer Jeremy Jaynes, and held that the statute is substantially overbroad because it "prohibits the [read more]

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