Legal news from Tuesday, September 7, 2010
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Tuesday urged the Zambian government to investigate the inhumane treatment of prisoners [press release] in the nation's jails and to hold those implicated accountable. HRW claims that Zambian police officials "routinely engage" in abusing and torturing prisoners in order to extract confessions. [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began the trial [press release] of former Kivumu, Rwanda, mayor Gregoire Ndahimana [case materials; Trial Watch profile]. Ndahimana was charged [indictment, PDF] in July 2001 on charges of genocide or, alternatively, complicity in genocide, and [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), the New York Civil Liberties Union and the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] challenging a government policy that allows border patrol to search [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] Founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association (NBFA) [advocacy website] James Boyd, Jr. [official profile] called [press release] Tuesday for the US Senate [official website] to fund a settlement [JURIST report] in a discrimination case involving minority farmers. The request comes a month after the Senate failed [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Criminal Chamber of the Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] unanimously confirmed on Tuesday the lower court order that National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] abused his power and must face trial. Garzon was charged [JURIST report] in April for his attempt to [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Kenyan court on Monday convicted seven Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] on charges related to the attack on a German naval supply ship in March 2009, sentencing them to five years in prison. According to prosecutors, the men attempted to hijack the ship [AfricaNews report] using AK47 rifles [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Friday that the US government can indefinitely hold an Afghan detainee at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. The detainee, Shawali Khan [NYT profile], is accused of belonging to [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka [official website] on Tuesday approved [press release] a proposed constitutional amendment to eliminate presidential term limits, holding that the amendment is not inconsistent with the Sri Lankan Constitution [materials]. The proposed amendment, which would allow current President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] to run [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Somalia native pleaded not guilty [Aftenposten report, in Norwegian] Tuesday in an Oslo District Court [official website, in Norwegian] at Norway's first trial under its 2002 terror financing law. The unidentified Somali-born Norwegian citizen has been accused [AP report] of sending at least USD $33,000 to senior commanders [read more]

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