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20:06 EDT

[JURIST] Appeal proceedings in the case of former Ethiopian President Mengistu Haile Mariam [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] have been adjourned until July 3, following the orders of a judge on Tuesday. Mengistu, who received a life sentence in absentia last year [JURIST report] for his involvement in the genocide [read more]

19:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] requested Monday that the case against Fulgence Kayishema [TrialWatch profile], who was indicted in absentia [indictment, PDF] in 2001 for his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder], be moved to a Rwandan court for trial. Kayishema, who was [read more]

17:06 EDT

[JURIST] Interim Thai Prime Minister Surayud Chulanont [official profile; BBC profile] Tuesday invited his ousted predecessor to return to Thailand to challenge allegations made against him and the recent seizure of $1.5 billion in assets [JURIST reports] amassed from the sale of the telecommunication company he founded in the 1980s. [read more]

16:06 EDT

[JURIST] Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood [official website] filed a lawsuit against State Farm [corporate website] Monday, alleging that the insurance company committed a bad faith breach of contract [press release, PDF] related to a settlement reached [JURIST report] on January 23 regarding Hurricane Katrina [JURIST news archive] policies. State [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Office of Special Counsel [official website] officially recommended Monday that General Services Administration (GSA) Administrator Lurita Doan [official profile] "be disciplined to the fullest extent" for blatant disregard of the 1939 Hatch Act [OSC materials]. In a letter to President George W. Bush, Special Counsel Scott Bloch [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights in China (HRIC) [advocacy website] said Monday that the state secrets system in China [JURIST news archive] gives the government virtually complete power to halt the free flow of information, "undermining healthy governance and rule of law." The group released State Secrets: China's Legal Labyrinth [website; press [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A US Nuremberg trials [Yale trial information] prosecutor denounced the US military commissions at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] in an interview with Reuters published Monday. Henry King Jr. [academic profile], now in his 80s but still a professor at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, said the [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will continue as scheduled, despite Taylor's boycott of the trial's opening last week, according to Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] chief prosecutor Stephen Rapp Monday. Taylor, who is being tried in front of [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Google [corporate website] Monday announced [press release] a new data retention policy, saying that its servers will retain personally identifiable information for 18 months and not its previous policy of 18 to 24 months. Google's policy revision came in response to an announcement [JURIST report] by the European Commission [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian judiciary spokesperson Alireza Jamshidi said Tuesday that an Iranian judge will decide whether to proceed with indictments against three Iranian-Americans early next week, after the conclusion of preliminary investigations. Iran has formally charged [JURIST report] Dr. Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile] for an alleged plot "against the sovereignty of [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] ruled Monday that it has jurisdiction over legal disputes involving the suspension of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] and admitted Chaudhry's petition challenging the legality of his March 9 suspension [JURIST report] by Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf. [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Malta's Justice and Home Affairs Minister Tonio Borg [official profile] urged his EU counterparts to help alleviate the influx of illegal immigrants to Malta Tuesday, as the EU's Justice and Home Affairs Council [EU materials] began a two-day meeting [agenda, PDF; background, PDF] in Luxembourg to discuss EU policy [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Slobodan Radovanovic, Serbia's top special prosecutor for organized crime, said Monday that the widow and son of former Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic are to be charged with running a smuggling ring. Serbia will issue an international arrest warrant in the case and their assets are expected to be frozen. [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Ethiopian court convicted 39 opposition members Monday of treason and inciting violence [JURIST report] for their roles in mass anti-government demonstrations [JURIST report] in the wake of Ethiopia's 2005 elections [JURIST news archive]. The opposition members, most of whom belong to the Coalition for Unity and Democracy (CUD) [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Milan Martic [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF; BBC profile] was convicted [judgment summary] Tuesday by the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] of 16 counts of crimes against humanity and violations of laws and customs of war, for crimes including persecutions, murder, torture, deportation, attacks on [read more]

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