Legal news from Thursday, September 24, 2009
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that suspected terrorist Najibullah Zazi has been charged [indictment, PDF] with conspiracy to use weapons of mass destruction. A federal jury in the Eastern District of New York returned the one-count indictment Wednesday, alleging that Zazi conspired [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Home Office [official website] has released a top terrorism suspect from a control order [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that subjected him to virtual house arrest because it did not want to reveal secret evidence, according to media reports Thursday. Home Secretary Alan Johnson [official profile] sent [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Protesters took to Pittsburgh's streets Thursday in peaceful demonstrations calling attention to a range of global human rights issues on the first day of the Group of 20 (G-20) Summit [official websites]. A group of Tibetan protesters [WPXI report] from across the US held a march to call Chinese [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Financial Services Committee [official website] heard testimony [materials; recorded video] Wednesday from banking industry regulators, but dismissed their prior efforts as ineffective. Comptroller of the Currency John Dugan, Director of the Office of Thrift Supervision John Bowman, and Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation chairman Sheila [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US Department of Justice (DOJ) official told the Senate Judiciary Committee [official websites] Wednesday that the Obama administration supports the reauthorization [statement, PDF] of three provisions of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] set to expire at the end of the year. Assistant Attorney General for National [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration will not push Congress for legislation to authorize the indefinite detention of terror suspects, the Washington Post reported [text] Wednesday. Instead, administration officials said they will rely on the authority granted through two resolutions passed in the wake of the 9/11 attacks: Senate Joint Resolution 23 [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge on Wednesday granted a government request to further postpone hearings for Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed Haza al Darbi [DOD materials]. Chief judge for military commissions Colonel James Pohl set a January 11, 2010 date [Miami Herald report] for a [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Federal Court [official website] has ruled [judgment, PDF] that the Military Police Complaints Commission (MPCC) [official website] lacked the authority to investigate complaints that Canadian forces illegally transferred detainees to Afghan custody with the Canadian government's knowledge. Noting that the MPCC is limited to complaints regarding "the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] UK Director of Public Prosecutions Keir Starmer [official profile] published an interim policy on assisted suicide [press release] Wednesday that takes several factors into consideration in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. While the new policy does not legalize assisted suicide, it introduces public interest considerations that are to [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] on Wednesday announced [memorandum, PDF] new state secrets [JURIST news archive] policies, seeking to establish greater government accountability and oversight. The new procedures and policies, set to take effect on October 1, are aimed at strengthening public confidence by limiting invocation of [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the Honduran interim government Roberto Micheletti on Tuesday called on [La Prensa report, in Spanish] Brazil to deliver deposed president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] under an arrest warrant [text and materials, PPT in Spanish] issued by the Honduran Supreme Court [official website, in [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday began the trial [press release] of former Rwandan minister of planning Augustin Ngirabatware [case materials] for his alleged involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder]. Ngirabatware faces charges [indictment, PDF] of:genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, complicity in [read more]

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