Legal news from Thursday, December 18, 2008
17:12 EDT

[JURIST] India's upper house of parliament the Rajya Sabha [official website] on Thursday approved two anti-terrorism bills in response to the recent Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder]. One bill, the Unlawful Activities Prevention Amendment of 2008 (UAPA) [legislative materials] will allow the government to hold terrorism suspects for up to [read more]

16:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President-elect Barack Obama [transition website] on Thursday named [press release] Mary Schapiro [professional profile] as the Chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website]. Schapiro is currently the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Financial Industrial Regulatory Authority (FINRA) [organization website], an independent regulator of US [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] A jury at the Manchester Crown Court Thursday convicted a British Muslim suspected of al Qaeda involvement on charges of directing terrorism. Rangzieb Ahmed is the first person in the UK to be convicted of this crime under the Terrorism Act of 2006 [text, PDF]. Ahmed was allegedly a [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] At least 23 employees of the Iraqi Ministry of the Interior [JURIST news archive] have been arrested this week for alleged attempts to rebuild Saddam Hussein's Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a ministry spokesman confirmed Thursday. Speaking at a press conference, Major-General Abdul Karim Khalaf said that [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki [official profile] and political rival Prime Minister Raila Odinga [official website] on Wednesday announced legislation establishing a commission [press release] tasked with investigating the political and ethnic violence that followed Kenya's disputed December 2007 presidential election [JURIST report]. The "Statute for the Special Tribunal" will [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] A panel of judges at the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] ruled Wednesday that there was no valid immunity deal [decision, PDF] between war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and US ambassador to the UN Richard Holbrooke [PBS [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Michael Mukasey [official profile; JURIST news archive] recused himself from the investigation of former NASDAQ stock market chairman Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive] because his son is representing a top official in Madoff's investment firm, US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] officials said Wednesday. Mark [read more]

08:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced a former top official in Rwanda's Ministry of Defence and two other former Rwanda army officers to life imprisonment Thursday after convicting them of genocide and crimes against humanity [press release] in connection with 1994 mass [read more]

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