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Legal news from Wednesday, February 11, 2009
17:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian military court on Wednesday sentenced an Islamist opposition leader to two years in prison for illegally entering Gaza. Magdy Ahmed Hussein, leader of the Labor Party [party website, in Arabic], was arrested last month on suspicion of crossing into the territory via an illegal tunnel. Hussein was [read more]

17:02 EDT

[JURIST] Tibetan courts have convicted 76 people involved in the March 2008 Lhasa riots [Free Tibet backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to official remarks [Xinhua report] on Tuesday by vice-president of the Tibet regional People's Congress Nyima Cering. The high ranking Tibetan official did not discuss sentence terms at the [read more]

16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] presented a plan Wednesday to return the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to Canadian society. The outline, laid out at a news conference [Toronto Star report] in Toronto, calls for assessments of the 22-year-old's health and education, and proposes [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan Parliament [official website] on Tuesday delayed voting on a constitutional amendment that would create a special tribunal for the country, following allegations by MP Gitobu Imanyara [official profile] that government officials tried to bribe or blackmail MPs into voting for the bill. President Mwai Kibaki [official website] [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Jakarta District Court on Wednesday dismissed a corruption lawsuit against Hutomo Mandala Putra [BBC profile], son of former Indonesian President Haji Mohammed Suharto [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The suit against Putra, also known as "Tommy Suharto," had been brought by the state and alleged [Jakarta Post report] that [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] must cooperate with any indictment or decision [press conference transcript] the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] may issue against him, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] said Tuesday. On Monday, Ban had a rare meeting with Bashir at a [read more]

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[JURIST] A bill [text] has been introduced into the US House of Representatives [official website] that would end the ban on travel by US residents to Cuba. The Freedom to Travel to Cuba Act, introduced last week by Representative William Delahunt (D-MA) [official website], would allow all US citizens and [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department [official website] spokesperson Robert Wood on Tuesday defended the silence of the US delegates [press conference transcript] during the UN Human Rights Council [official website] Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [materials] of potential rights abuses, saying that the US is not actively participating because the administration of President [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Taliban [JURIST news archive] insurgents on Wednesday targeted the Afghan Ministry of Justice [official website], the Prisons Directorate and other government buildings in coordinated attacks in the capital city of Kabul. Early estimates reported 28 killed and more than 60 injured. At least five gunmen stormed the Justice Ministry, [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice [official website] on Tuesday dismissed a challenge [case materials] to a European Commission [official website] directive [EC 2006/24 text] requiring telecommunication companies operating in European Union (EU) [official website] member countries to retain phone and email data for at least six months. The rule [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar [official profile] announced plans Tuesday to reverse offshore drilling policies [press release] established by former US President George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] at the end of his presidency. The move comes as part of a larger effort by the administration of [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] A South Korea [JURIST news archive] appellate court on Tuesday upheld a landmark lower court ruling authorizing removal of life-support from a comatose woman. Tuesday's decision by the Seoul High Court affirmed the December ruling of the Seoul Western District Court that ordered Yonsei Severance Hospital [hospital website] to [read more]

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