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14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's Office of the Attorney General (OAG) on Friday filed a petition [Bangkok Post report] to have the country's Constitutional Court [official website, in Thai] dissolve the ruling People's Power Party (PPP) [party website, in Thai] because of election fraud allegedly committed by one of its former top officers. [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Connecticut Supreme Court [official website] on Friday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Connecticut Constitution [text] requires that same-sex couples [JURIST news archive] be allowed to marry. In a 4-3 decision, the court reversed a lower court's judgment, concluding that state statutes [text] discriminate on the basis of sexual [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Seoul High Court Friday affirmed a suspended three-year prison sentence and fine for former Samsung [corporate website] Chairman and CEO Kun-Hee Lee [corporate profile; JURIST news archive], but cleared Lee of a conviction for breach of trust. According to the Korea Times, the High Court took Lee's poor [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Chinese Foreign Ministry [official website, English version] again demanded Thursday that the United States repatriate 17 Uighur detainees [JURIST news archive] that a US district judge has ordered to be released [JURIST report] from the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. During a press conference [transcript], [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Citigroup Inc. [corporate website] on Thursday announced [press release] that it would not seek to enjoin the acquisition of Wachovia Corp. by Wells Fargo & Co. [corporate websites] but would pursue claims against both financial institutions for alleged breach of contract and tortious interference with contract. Citigroup's decision to [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Thursday refused [press release] to grant Rwanda's request to have genocide suspect Yussuf Munyakazi [case materials] transferred to the country to face trial. The chamber upheld an earlier decision [text, PDF; official press release] by [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Fiji's High Court on Thursday dismissed [decision, PDF] a legal challenge to the country's 2006 coup, holding that Fijian President Ratu Josefa Iloilo [official profile] had the authority to name new leaders after former prime minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile] was ousted by the Fijian military. Qarase originally brought [read more]

06:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] issued two decisions Thursday finding Russia in violation of the European Convention on Human Rights [text] in cases concerning the deaths or abductions [press releases] of Russian nationals in Chechnya in 2000. The court ruled in Albekov v. Russia [judgment [read more]

02:10 EDT

[JURIST] Italy's Constitutional Court [official website, in Italian] has rejected [decision text, in Italian] a parliamentary challenge to a Milan appeals court decision holding that doctors can remove the feeding tube of Eluana Englaro [materials, in Italian], a young woman who has been in a vegetative state for 16 years. [read more]

00:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch said Thursday that Libya has made an initial deposit [briefing transcript] into a US government account as part of a deal to settle claims involving Libyan-linked terrorism in the 1980s. Under the agreement, Libya will pay $1.5 billion to settle claims for [read more]

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