Legal news from Monday, March 7, 2005
19:03 EDT

[JURIST] Updating a JURIST report from earlier today, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan Monday urged the Security Council in a closed-door emergency session to pass a resolution to end what he called "appalling" crimes in Sudan's Darfur region and called for sanctions against those preventing peace in the troubled area. He [read more]

18:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense Monday confirmed the release and transfer to France of three French detainees in Guantanamo Bay to France "for prosecution". Mustaq Ali Patel, Ridouane Khalid and Khaled Ben Mustafa were the last three French detainees held at Gitmo following the release of four other French [read more]

17:03 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge in Foot Hood, Texas, has refused to dismiss any remaining charges [JURIST report] against US Army Spc. Sabrina Harman [Wikipedia profile] in connection with 2003 abuses of Iraqi prisoners at Baghdad's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST Hot Topic news archive], setting the stage for a full court-martial [read more]

16:03 EDT

[JURIST] In an interview with three news agencies Monday, US Attorney General Alberto Gonzales denied renewed allegations that pursuant to an executive order issued after the September 11 attacks the CIA had flown as many as 150 terror suspects to foreign jurisdictions where they would be tortured. The New York [read more]

15:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Special Court for Sierra Leone [official website] opened its final scheduled trial in Freetown Monday as outgoing chief prosecutor David Crane outlined his case [opening statement, PDF; case summary] against three former members of the the country's military junta - Alex Tamba Brima, Brima Bazzy Kamara and Santigie [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] The House of Lords, the upper chamber of the UK Parliament, Monday turned back by 249-119 a controversial anti-terror bill that would have permitted government ministers to issue so-called "control orders" limiting the movement or freedoms of certain terror suspects without charge or trial. Former Labour Party Lord Chancellor [read more]

12:03 EDT

[JURIST] Plagued by allegations of football prospects recruited with sex and alcohol, legal action brought against the university by two women who claimed they were raped by CU football players, and a free speech controversy about Ward Churchill [faculty profile], a professor in the university's Ethnic Studies department who supposedly [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Yugoslav army general Momcilo Perisic arrived in The Hague Monday as anticipated [JURIST report] to surrender to officials from the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia. Perisic has been charged with eight counts of crimes against humanity and five counts of war crimes. Also Monday, the ICTY [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] AP is reporting that President Bush has picked Under Secretary of State John Bolton [official profile] to be US ambassador to the United Nations [US Mission to the UN official website], according to a government official "knowledgeable about the move". Bolton, regarded as a conservative hardliner on foreign policy [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Rwandan mayor Juvenal Kajelijeli [official ICTR case history; Trial Watch profile] Monday began his courtroom appeal of a life sentence imposed on himm in 2003 by the UN-created International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda [official website]. Kajelijeli, onetime mayor of the Rwandan city of Mukingo, was accused and convicted [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and Lebanese President Emile Lahoud [official profile] agreed at a summit Monday that Syria would pull its troops back from their current positions in Lebanon [government website in Arabic] and move to the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon by the end of March. Syrian troops [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court ruled in three cases Monday. In Shepard v. US [case backgrounder from Duke Law School], the court in a 5-3 opinion by Justice Souter held that in making sentencing determinations, judges are confined to information in the charging document, in the terms of any plea [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] French newspaper Le Monde reported Monday that the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia [official website] at The Hague is about to indict Kosovo Prime Minister Ramush Haradinaj [Assembly of Kosovo biodata, in English; Economist profile] and issue a warrant for his arrest. No formal announcement has yet [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has called an emergency, closed-door session of the UN Security Council [official website] for Monday to discuss the deteriorating situation in the Darfur region of Sudan, as well as the proposed deployment of over 10,000 UN peacekeeping troops to the country. UN Under-Secretary General for [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Members of Kuwait's parliament [official website in Arabic; background video in English] Monday agreed to speed up consideration of a government-proposed law that would give Kuwaiti women the right to vote. No specific date for debate was set, however. The agreement came as several hundred Kuwaiti women demonstrated outside [read more]

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