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Legal news from Tuesday, February 3, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] Tuesday expressed his commitment to restoring a tradition of fairness and political neutrality [prepared remarks] to the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. In video remarks to DOJ employees delivered after he was sworn in [WH press release] by Vice President Joe [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Court [official website] Tuesday dismissed [judgment text] the application of former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic [Trial Watch backgrounder] for review of a 2007 extradition order [JURIST report] that he be handed over to Croatian authorities. Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedden, is accused of war [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] resolved a long-standing dispute [ICJ materials] between Ukraine and Romania Tuesday by drawing a new maritime border [judgment, PDF] between the countries, giving Romania four-fifths of waters believed to sit atop a sizable crude oil reserve. At issue [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Australia's Supreme Court of Victoria [official website] Tuesday sentenced Algerian cleric [sentencing remarks] Abdul Nacer Benbrika [BBC profile], also known as Abu Bakr, to at least 12 years in prison for his role in plotting large-scale terror attacks aimed at sporting venues and railway stations in Australia. Benrika received [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Six detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] military prison, including three Uighurs, are seeking refugee status in Canada with the support of Canadian sponsors. The Uighurs were last year deemed [Kiyemba v. Bush backgrounder; JURIST report] not to be unlawful enemy combatants [10 U.S.C. § 948a text; [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website; JURIST news archive] prosecutor Stephen Rapp [official profile] said Monday that a verdict in the war crimes case against former Liberian President Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive] is expected in early 2010. Rapp said that the last of the prosecution's 91 witnesses was [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The number of political prisoners in Cuba [JURIST news archive] has declined from 234 in January 2008 to 205, while the number of brief detentions has increased, according to the Cuban Commission on Human Rights and National Reconciliation (CCDHRN) [El Pais backgrounder, in Spanish] Monday. The CCDHRN report attributed [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The African Union (AU) [official website] agreed Monday to seek a postponement of the pending International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] indictment against Sudan President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], citing concerns over a possible threat to the peace process in Sudan. Meeting at the 12th African [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian meat producer Maple Leaf Foods [corporate website] announced Monday that it had reached a proposed settlement agreement [notice of proposed settlement, PDF] with class action plaintiffs who brought suit against the company [class action website] in connection with sales of meat tainted with listeria monocytogenes [CDC backgrounder], which [read more]

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