Legal news from Sunday, July 17, 2005
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] TIME magazine reporter Matthew Cooper said Sunday in an article he has written on his grand jury testimony [text] that Dick Cheney's chief of staff Lewis Libby [Wikipedia profile] contributed information to the story revealing the identity of Valerie Plame [Wikipedia profile] as a CIA operative. Cooper said he [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Jordan Public Security Department spokesman said Sunday that five suspected al-Qaida prisoners started a hunger strike on Tuesday to protest sentences handed down by Jordan's State Security Court [Jordan judicial branch backgrounder] in 2000. The prisoners are being held in Jordan's Qafqa Prison for their convictions for terrorist-related [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Senators John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and John Warner (R-VA) [official websites] are drafting a bill which would provide clear and uniform rules [JURIST report] for detention, interrogation and prosecution of prisoners during wartime, according to a new report in Newsweek magazine. The bill would follow international anti-torture [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official website] has called for ex-Liberian president Charles Taylor, currently in exile in Nigeria, to stand trial before the Special Court for Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive] on 17 counts of war crimes committed during his 15-year rule. On a visit [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] In a greatly anticipated move, the government of Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive] has published a draft bill proposing sweeping changes to the country's constitution [text], including the creation of a new two-chamber parliament. Shortly after the elections last year, President Robert Mugabe [wikipedia profile], leader of the ruling Zanu [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Serbian war crimes court Friday convicted and sentenced four former members of the Avengers parliamentary group to prison terms of fifteen to twenty years for their involvement in the 1992 abduction and murder of 16 Muslim men and women. Some consider the convictions an indication that Serbian courts [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] An investigation conducted by the US Navy Criminal Investigation Services [official website] has found no evidence to support allegations that Australian Guantanamo Bay detainees were abused. In a letter written to Australian Prime Minister John Howard [official website] released Saturday, Principal Deputy US Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Ryan [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Special Tribunal [official website; JURIST news archive] announced Sunday that it has filed its first formal criminal charge against former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] in connection with the 1982 killing of some 150 Shiites in the village of Dujail [NPR report] in retribution for [read more]

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