Legal news from Saturday, November 24, 2007
16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Former chess champion and liberal United Civil Front [party website, in Russian] leader Garry Kasparov [personal website, in Russian] was arrested Saturday at a demonstration in Moscow against President Vladimir Putin [official website], two weeks before parliamentary elections. AP reports that Kasparov was sentenced to five days in jail [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers across Pakistan's populous Sindh province went on strike Friday to protest President Pervez Musharraf's emergency rule. Lawyers observed a strike call from the Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) [official website] at the Sindh High Court [official website] in Karachi, causing cases to be rescheduled. Sindh lawyers had previously engaged [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Committee against Torture [official website] said Friday it was concerned about ill-treatment and torture of detainees by Uzbekistan law enforcement officials. The committee issued a report [text] concluding a three-week meeting in Geneva where it reviewed the compliance of six countries with the UN Convention against Torture [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Deputy Finance Minister Sergei Storchak was charged Friday with fraud and attempting to embezzle $43.3 million in state funds, according to his lawyer. After an initial investigation [JURIST report] the Russian Prosecutor General's Office [official website, in Russian] accused Storchak of working with Sodexim [corporate website] head Viktor [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] French prosecutor Jean-Claude Marin has dismissed a war crimes claim against former US Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld [official profile] alleging that Rumsfeld authorized US personnel to torture prisoners in Iraq and Guantanamo Bay, according to a lawyer for the Paris-based International Federation of Human Rights Leagues (FIDH) [advocacy [read more]

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