Legal news from Sunday, February 1, 2009
20:02 EDT

[JURIST] The director of Guatemala's National Compensation Program Cesar Davila announced Friday that the Guatemalan government [official website; JURIST news archive] has filed more than 3,000 criminal complaints for human rights violations allegedly committed during the country's 1960-1996 civil war [GlobalSecurity Backgrounder]. The complaints were filed on behalf of more [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] An official from the US State Department [official website] said Friday that the Blackwater Worldwide [corporate website; JURIST news archive] contract to protect American diplomats in Iraq will not be renewed when it expires in May. The State Department has yet to make an official statement [press briefing] but [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spain is considering legislation to limit the the scope of universal jurisdiction [AI backgrounder] applied by the country's National Court [CJA backgrounder], according to Spanish media reports [CadenaSer report, in Spanish] Sunday. If adopted, the Reform of the Judiciary Act would limit the court's jurisdiction over war crimes and genocide charges [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's Agouza Appeals Court Saturday overturned the prison sentences of four newspaper editors convicted of defaming President Hosni Mubarak [official website] and the ruling National Democratic Party (NDP) [party website]. The four men, Ibrahim Eissa, editor of Al Dustour; Adel Hammouda, editor of Al-Fagr [media websites, in Arabic]; Wael [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Sanlu Group [Research and Markets profile] chairwoman Tian Wenhua [Xinhua profile] on Sunday appealed the life sentence [JURIST report] she received after pleading guilty [JURIST report] to charges in China's tainted milk scandal [JURIST news archive]. Tian's lawyer claims it was not his client who decided to sell [read more]

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