Legal news from Monday, October 27, 2008
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from Nigeria and from US pharmaceutical company Pfizer [corporate website] said Monday that they hope to reach a settlement agreement by the end of next month over allegedly illegal clinical trials conducted in Nigeria by the drug company in 1996. The national government and the state of Kano [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Mexican Assistant Attorney General Marisela Morales Ibanez, head of Mexico's Assistant Prosecutors Office Specializing in Organized Crime (SIEDO) [official website], said Monday a branch of a Mexican drug cartel had infiltrated her office. Following SIEDO's 'Operation Cleaning,' Miguel Colorado Gonzales, Fernado Rivera Hernadez, Jorge Alberto Zavala, Antonio Mejia Robles, [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] Mohamed ElBaradei [BBC profile] said Monday in his annual report to UN member states that he wants North Korea to return to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty [text, PDF; IAEA backgrounder] after a five-year absence, during which it tested a [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday that current state laws regarding sex offenders are unconstitutional as applied to homeless people. The ruling was in response to the appeal of William James Santos, a homeless sex offender indicted for failing to register a new [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] UK Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice Jack Straw [official profile] Monday called [speech text; press release] for a 'rebalancing of criminal justice priorities' amidst outrage expressed at newly released Ministry of Justice [official website] figures showing a sharp rise in the number of children born to [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A pending California ballot initiative to eliminate same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state has generated more than $60 million in contributions to committees representing both sides [materials] as of Saturday, a figure believed to be a US record. Proposition 8 [text, PDF], which would amend the state [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian war crimes prosecutor Vladimir Vukcevic [official website] and Albanian state prosecutor Ina Rama met Monday to discuss allegations of organ trafficking in Kosovo. Former Prosecutor for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) Carla Del Ponte [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] alleged last spring [JURIST report] [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Alleged al Qaeda propagandist Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul [DOD materials] went on trial Monday before a military commission at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison. Al Bahlul is only the second detainee to go on trial in Guantanamo since it opened in 2002. He attended the [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Myanmar court sentenced six leading opposition activists to prison terms Friday in connection with their involvement in pro-democracy demonstrations during the abortive 2007 Saffron Revolution [Independent backgrounder]. All six are members of the National League for Democracy (NLD) and each was sentenced to between two and 13 years, [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Community Court of Justice of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) [official websites] found the government of Niger liable Monday for failing to aid a young woman who was held in slavery for ten years. The West African court ruled under a 2003 law that made [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A new regulation by the Israeli Ministry of the Interior [official website, in Hebrew] would prevent illegal immigrants who had left the country returning again, the newspaper Ha'aretz reported Sunday. The regulation covering persons from a wide range of countries would subject persons entering illegally, leaving again and then [read more]

05:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Air Force [official website] is conducting an ethics investigation of Air Force Brig. Gen. Thomas Hartmann [official profile; JURIST news archive] over allegations that he abused his power and inappropriately influenced the prosecution of enemy combatants at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], military officials said Saturday. Hartmann [read more]

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