Legal news from Thursday, February 12, 2009
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian human rights group the SOVA Center [advocacy website] announced Thursday that the number of Russian hate crimes rose slightly in 2008 over 2007 levels, with 97 people killed and 525 wounded. According to the deputy head of SOVA Galina Kozhevnikova higher conviction rates for hate crimes [AP report] [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The November 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] were partially planned in Pakistan, according to statements made Thursday at a news conference by A. Rehman Malik [official profile], the Advisor on Interior Affairs for the Pakistan Ministry of the Interior [official website]. According to Malik, the [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Federal Claims [official website] on Thursday rejected arguments made in three test cases against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) [official website; HHS statement] by families alleging that their children's autism was caused by a combination of common childhood vaccines. Due to [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lithuanian Foreign Affairs Minister Vygaudas Usackas [official profile] said Wednesday that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] will begin talks with the US about the possibility of accepting prisoners from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Lithuanian Defense Minister Rasa Jukneviciene expects to discuss the matter with US Defense [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] issued Wednesday by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] commended China's developmental progress, while urging the nation to share best practices in poverty reduction and to improve the national standard of living. The report follows China's evaluation under the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Intermediate People's Court of Shijiazhuang on Thursday declared bankrupt Sanlu Group [Research and Markets profile], the Chinese dairy company at the center of the contaminated milk scandal [JURIST news archive] that killed six and sickened 300,000. As a result of a court order to compensate families [JURIST report] [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] FBI Deputy Director John Pistole [official profile] said Wednesday the FBI is looking at shifting a number of agents from national security and counterterrorism activities to investigations involving financial fraud, during a hearing [materials; video] before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website]. Pistole said [prepared testimony] there are [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugolavia (ICTY) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday indefinitely suspended [decision, PDF, in French; ICTY press release] the trial of Volislav Seselj [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] over fears that witnesses were being intimidated. Seselj, leader of the ultranationalist Serbian Radical [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] denied [opinion, PDF] Tuesday a petition by two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees to stop the force-feeding imposed on them during their hunger strike, ruling that the court lacks jurisdiction over the matter. The [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Officials from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] announced Thursday that the ICC has not issued an arrest warrant [press release] for Sudanese President Omar Al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], refuting Wednesday reports [NYT report] that the warrant had been issued. The Wednesday reports, allegedly based on [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Information redacted from a British High Court decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] released last week has been withheld from US President Barack Obama [official website] and may hold key information about British involvement in the alleged torture of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [Reprieve profile, JURIST [read more]

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