Legal news from Tuesday, July 17, 2007
20:07 EDT

[JURIST] A prominent Russian lawyer and government critic was accused Tuesday of disclosing state secrets about government wiretapping to the Russian Constitutional Court [RIN backgrounder]. Boris Kuznetsov [American Russian Law Institute profile] fled the country recently after a city court approved a criminal investigation last week; Tuesday's move by the [read more]

20:07 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Marcia Cooke ruled Tuesday that prosecutors had produced enough evidence in the trial of Jose Padilla [JURIST news archive] and his co-defendants that the case should go to a jury, rejecting a motion for acquittal filed by the defense. The prosecution rested [JURIST report] last week, [read more]

19:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Bosnian war crimes tribunal Tuesday sentenced [press release] a Bosnian Muslim to 30 years in prison for war crimes committed against Serbs in the 1992 - 1995 civil war [Wikipedia backgrounder]. Niset Ramic received the longest sentence yet handed down by the Bosnian War Crimes Chamber. The court [read more]

17:07 EDT

[JURIST] French Justice Minister Rachida Dati [official profile, in French] pressed a bill to toughen the country's criminal code [transcript, in French] in an appearance before the National Assembly [official website, in French] Tuesday. The bill, which fulfills a campaign promise of French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official website, in French], [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] A suicide bomber struck a lawyers' protest over the ousting of suspended Pakistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive] in Islamabad Tuesday, killing at least 13 people and wounding at least 40. Chaudhry was not present at the time of the attack, which appeared [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] Sources close to Libya's Supreme Judiciary Council told the Associated Press Tuesday that the death sentences [JURIST report] of six foreign medics [JURIST news archive] accused of knowingly infecting over 400 Libyan patients with the HIV virus have been commuted to life in prison. The families of the infected [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal [official backgrounder] Tuesday upheld [judgment] a 2006 lower court ruling that invalidated a law targeting public homosexual sodomy [Crimes Ordinance S.118F(1), text], ruling that the law's specific focus against homosexual sodomy is unconstitutional, discriminatory, and thereby violates Hong Kong's Basic Law [text and [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Some members of the European Parliament [official website] criticized Swiss Senator Dick Marty [personal website; JURIST news archive] Tuesday for failing to cite sources [press release] in his June report [text; JURIST report] to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe that accused Poland and Romania of assisting [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Australian Attorney General Philip Ruddock [official profile] said Tuesday that the Australian government is considering whether to toughen existing terror laws following a Monday ruling by a magistrate granting bail to UK terror suspect Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive]. Immigration and Citizenship Minister Kevin Andrews [official website] subsequently [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's Constitutional Court [official website, in Russian] Monday upheld [press release, in Russian] a 2004 law requiring certified political parties to have at least 50,000 members. The decision upheld a May Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] ruling that dissolved the Russian Communist Workers Party - Revolutionary Party of [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of First Instance [official website] announced Tuesday that it will deliver a judgment [press release, PDF] September 17 in Microsoft's appeal [JURIST report] against the European Commission's (EC) 2004 landmark anti-trust ruling [JURIST report] that hit Microsoft [corporate website; JURIST news archive] with a record €497.2 [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] India's Ministry of Women and Child Development [official website] announced plans Tuesday to toughen existing laws prohibiting the archaic Hindu funeral custom of sati [Wikipedia backgrounder], in which widows are expected to self-immolate on their deceased husbands' funeral pyre, by holding entire communities criminally responsible and increasing the maximum [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court [official website] Tuesday voided Articles 154 and 155 of the Indonesian criminal code prohibiting acts of inciting hatred against the government or the distribution of materials voicing opposition against the government, ruling that Dutch colonial-era articles violated the freedom of expression guaranteed in the 1945 [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] China's Shanxi province High People's Court Tuesday announced the completion of 7 trials and verdicts against 29 defendants [Xinhua reports, in Chinese] accused of involvement in the use of slave labor at various brick kilns in the Shanxi and Henan provinces Tuesday, sentencing kiln bosses, foremen, and other workers [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers and rights groups joined in criticism of Australia's continued detention of UK terror suspect Dr. Mohammad Haneef [JURIST news archive] Tuesday, saying that the Australian Department of Immigration and Citizenship's decision to revoke Haneef's work visa so that Haneef can remain detained despite being granted bail by a [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office [official website] announced the expulsion of four Russian diplomats [press release] and the immediate suspension of visa facilitation negotiations with Russia Monday, blaming "Russia's failure to cooperate to find a solution" in the two countries' differences over Britain's extradition request [JURIST report] for [read more]

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