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Legal news from Monday, January 12, 2009
18:01 EDT

[JURIST] Advisers to US President-elect Barack Obama [transition website] said Monday that he plans to issue an executive order during his first week in office closing the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison camp, according to a report by the Associated Press. The report comes after Obama said Sunday in [read more]

17:01 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began a confirmation of charges hearing [summary video, mp4; ICC materials] against former Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] vice-president Jean-Pierre Bemba [ICC profile; JURIST news archive]. Bemba, originally arrested by Belgian authorities [JURIST report] [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland [official website, in German] ruled Monday that more than $8 million deposited by a former associate of late president Ferdinand Marcos [official profile] must be returned to the Philippines government. This is the last of the money deposited in Swiss bank accounts before [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] on Monday adopted a resolution [text, PDF] condemning the Israeli occupation in Gaza [press release] and demanding the immediate withdrawal of military forces. The council also decided to dispatch a fact-finding mission to investigate possible human rights violations. The resolution passed 33-1, [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; briefs] Monday in three cases. In Coeur Alaska, Inc. v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council and Alaska v. Southeast Alaska Conservation Council [oral arguments transcript, PDF], the Court heard arguments on whether the US Army [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Monday dismissed the case against Basque Regional Prime Minister Juan José Ibarretxe [official profile]. He and the two leaders of the Basque socialist party were charged with illegally communicating with the banned Batasuna party, the political wing of the militant ETA [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Corruption cases are increasing in Russia and now account for about 1.5 percent of recorded crimes there, First Deputy Prosecutor General Alexander Buksman [official profile] reported in an interview [text, in Russian; Interfax report] printed Monday in the newspaper Gazeta [media website, in Russian]. Buksman said one-seventh of corruption [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Appeal of South Africa [official website] on Monday reinstated [judgment, PDF] charges against political leader Jacob Zuma [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive], overruling the decision of the Pietermaritzburg High Court. The court found that the lower court judge had overstepped his authority when he dismissed [read more]

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[JURIST] Final arguments began Monday in the trial of former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for alleged human rights abuses during his 1990-2000 rule. The prosecution contends that between 1991 and 1992, Fujimori was aware of and approved the so-called "Dirty War" carried out against the [read more]

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