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Legal news from Friday, October 3, 2008
22:10 EDT

[JURIST] The United Nations Interim Administration Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK) [official website] on Friday reopened its courthouse [press release] in Kosovo's northern city of Mitrovica. The courts were closed after being taken over by Serbian protesters [JURIST report] in March as part of an ethnic conflict with Kosovar Albanians. The [read more]

21:10 EDT

[JURIST] Investigators from the Russian Prosecutor General's Office [official website, English version] have completed their investigation into the killing of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], Russian news agencies reported Thursday. Three men, Sergey Khadzhikurbanov, and brothers Dzhabrail and Ibragim Makhmudov, all from Chechnya [JURIST news archive], were [read more]

20:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] Thursday overturned [opinion, PDF] the convictions of Yemeni cleric Sheikh Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad and assistant, Mohammed Zayed [advocacy website], also from Yemen, because of evidentiary errors that were prejudicial to the extent that they deprived the defendants [read more]

19:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi Presidency Council on Friday signed a provincial elections bill [JURIST news archive] allowing for voting in most of the country early next year. The final version did not include a controversial clause that Staffan de Mistura [appointment release], the UN special representative to Iraq, had urged Iraqi [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Friday passed a $700 billion financial rescue bill [HR 1424 text, PDF] that President Bush quickly signed into law [WSJ report]. The House approved the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 by a vote [roll call] of 263-171 four days after [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Nine US states and the Canadian province of Manitoba sued the US Environmental Protection Agency [official website] Thursday, alleging that an agency regulation [PDF text] allows the discharge of polluted water in violation of the Clean Water Act [text; EPA materials]. In a complaint filed [NY AG press release] [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Sir Ian Blair [official profile] resigned Thursday from his position as Commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police Service ("Met") [official website], effective December 1, 2008. Blair cited a strained relationship with the newly-elected mayor of London, Boris Johnson [official profile], and the mayor's decision for new leadership at the Met [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The newly appointed UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] on Thursday urged the military-led government of Myanmar to release its remaining political prisoners as she called attention to "unjust or inappropriate" detentions worldwide. Navanethem (Navi) Pillay [official profile], who took office last month, said during a news [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for private US military contractor CACI International [corporate website] filed a motion Thursday to dismiss a torture lawsuit against the company based on a claim of immunity. In July, four former detainees at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] filed lawsuits [CCR materials; JURIST report] against CACI [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] is preparing to implement a new regulation [text; fact sheet] that relaxes restrictions on issuing US visas to HIV-positive visitors. The regulation allows HIV-positive foreigners seeking to visit the US to receive temporary, non-immigrant visas without undergoing an individualized waiver [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian government accountability group Democracy Watch [advocacy website] brought a lawsuit [argument, PDF; press release] on Thursday, seeking to postpone the country's parliamentary elections scheduled for October 14. The group argues that the elections, proposed by Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile], would violate a 2007 amendment [Bill C-16 [read more]

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