Legal news from Thursday, February 19, 2009
12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ordered [judgment; press release] the UK to pay £2,500 in damages to Islamic cleric Abu Qataba [BBC profile] after determining that he was imprisoned by the UK in violation of the European Convention on Human [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Abdul-Amir al-Rubaie of the Central Criminal Court of Iraq (CCCI) [establishment order, PDF] on Thursday postponed the trial of Muntadar al-Zaidi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the Iraqi journalist accused of throwing his shoes at former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive]. The new trial date [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeals (Civil Division) [official website] on Wednesday refused [judgment text] to clarify Britain's law banning assisted suicide in an action initiated by a British woman suffering from multiple sclerosis. Debbie Purdy, who was diagnosed with the disease in 1995 and has since lost [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sweden's Migration Court [official website, in Swedish] on Wednesday granted [judgment, PDF, in Swedish; press release, in Swedish] asylum to former Uighur Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Adil Hakimjan [BBC backgrounder], also known as Adel Abdu Al-Hakim. The decision overruled a previous ruling by the Swedish Migration Board [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] said [statement text] Wednesday that, despite landmark court decisions and legislation bolstering the official recognition of racial equality, the US remains a country that has not truly resolved its racial divide. Holder, who is the country's first African American attorney general, made [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judges from more than 30 Spanish provinces went on a one-day strike Wednesday to demand that the country's judicial system hire more judges and adopt electronic technology to decrease the workload faced by current judges. The judges were led by 21 local judges' assemblies and the Francisco de Vitoria Association (AJFV) [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities in Cairo released imprisoned political opposition leader Ayman Nour [BBC profile; advocacy website] late Wednesday for medical reasons. Egypt's public prosecutor Abdel-Meguid Mahmoud [EMM profile] unexpectedly announced the release of nine prisoners for medical reasons, including Nour. Only two days prior, Nour's wife expressed her belief that [read more]

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