Legal news from Tuesday, December 18, 2007
18:12 EDT

[JURIST] Russia's December parliamentary elections were riddled with corruption and fraud, corruption watchdog Transparency International and Russian human rights group Golos [advocacy websites] said Tuesday. The agencies cited instances of official pressure on voters and suspiciously high turnout figures in a Moscow news conference questioning the integrity of the election. [read more]

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[JURIST] Ayodele Fayose [Wikipedia profile], the former governor of the Nigerian state of Ekiti [official website] has been arraigned on corruption charges in Nigeria [JURIST news archive], court officials said Tuesday. Fayose is accused of embezzling 1.2 billion naira in state funds, among other charges. He was arrested last week [read more]

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[JURIST] The Hungarian parliament [official website, in Hungarian] Monday voted 185 to 164 to recognize civil partnerships between same-sex couples, giving them the same inheritance, tax, and financial rights as married heterosexual couples. Same-sex couples will not, however, be able to adopt children. Nine parliamentarians abstained from voting. The new [read more]

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[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] Tuesday voted 104-54 with 29 abstentions [press release; UN debate summary] in favor of a resolution [text] calling for a worldwide moratorium on the death penalty [JURIST news archive]. Though non-binding, supporters of the resolution believe international opinion against capital punishment is growing. [read more]

15:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment, text; press release, PDF] against a Swedish trade union Tuesday, finding that it illegally blocked a Latvian construction company from completing a job in Sweden when the company refused to pay its Latvian workers higher Swedish wages. The Court held [read more]

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[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] Tuesday voted to relax media ownership rules [FCC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], overturning a 32-year-old rule barring media companies from owning both a newspaper and a television station in any one of the top 20 media markets in the nation. Passed in [read more]

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[JURIST] A US military judge ruled [order, PDF] Monday that Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainee Salim Ahmed Hamdan [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive] is due a hearing to settle his alleged status as a prisoner of war (POW) under the Geneva Conventions [text] and that the determination by a Combatant [read more]

14:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Election Commission of Pakistan [official website] has refused to consider an appeal by former Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif against an earlier ruling [JURIST report] declaring him ineligible to run in January 8 parliamentary elections [JURIST news archive], Pakistani media reported Tuesday, quoting a commission spokesman. The basis [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Guatemalan court has ruled that former dictator Efrain Rios Montt and other high ranking military officers cannot be extradited to Spain where they have been charged [JURIST report] with genocide, torture, and other crimes against humanity. In last week's decision, which was not made public until Monday, the [read more]

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[JURIST] US District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr. said Tuesday that he will hold a hearing to consider whether the CIA's destruction of videotapes [JURIST report] showing the interrogation of terror suspects violated a 2005 court order. Lawyers representing several Guantanamo Bay detainees filed an emergency motion [PDF text; JURIST [read more]

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[JURIST] Pakistani police used batons and tear gas Monday against protesters attempting to march to the Islamabad residence of ousted Pakistani Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive], still under virtual house arrest despite the December 15 lifting of President Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule. Some 200 lawyers, [read more]

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[JURIST] US federal prosecutions and convictions of law enforcement officers for alleged brutality have significantly increased in recent years, USA Today reported Tuesday, citing unspecified US Department of Justice statistics. The figures indicated that prosecutions for the use of excessive force or other violations of victims' civil rights had risen [read more]

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[JURIST] A Lebanese court handed down sentences Tuesday for two defendants convicted of attempted mass murder for their role in a 2006 plot to blow up trains in Germany [BBC report]. Youssef al-Haj Deeb, currently in custody in Germany, was sentenced in absentia to life in prison and Jihad Hamad [read more]

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[JURIST] US Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said Monday that a Senate vote on whether to extend immunity to telecommunications companies [JURIST report] from lawsuits related to their participation in the NSA warrantless surveillance program [JURIST news archive] would be delayed until after the Senate returns from the holiday [read more]

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[JURIST] Hungary became the first EU member to ratify the new Treaty of Lisbon [official website; PDF text] when the Hungarian National Assembly [official website] voted 325-5 Monday in favor of the treaty. Fourteen assembly members abstained from the vote. Leaders from the 27 European Union member countries signed the [read more]

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