Legal news from Monday, January 5, 2009
18:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] may withhold from the Associated Press (AP) [website] certain documents relating to investigations of detainee abuse at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee [official website] on Monday began hearings [materials] in an investigation into how the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] failed for years to detect the fraud scheme allegedly perpetrated by Bernard Madoff [JURIST news archive]. The SEC had received numerous [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment Manfred Nowak [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday said more countries around the world should accept [ORF interview, WMP audio, in German] released Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees so the military prison can [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday appealed a Taiwan High Court [official website] order that he be detained while awaiting his trial on corruption charges [JURIST report]. The court made the decision last week, overruling a district court decision [JURIST report], citing risks of flight, collusion, [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani officials Saturday announced the re-capture of high-level Taliban operative Ustad Mohammed Yasir in the northern city of Peshawar near the Afghan border. Yasir served as senior aide and spokesman to Taliban leader Mullah Omar [BBC profile]. He was first arrested in 2005 by Pakistani officials and handed over [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] South Korea's minority Democratic Party [official website, in Korean] filed a criminal suit Sunday after Assembly Speaker Kim Hyong-o [official website] on Saturday ordered security guards to end a sit-in by the minority party, which led to dozens of injuries. Democratic Party officials allege abuse of power [AP report] [read more]

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