Legal news from Tuesday, April 7, 2009
17:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Fiji on Tuesday began considering a challenge to the legitimacy of the sitting government brought by ousted Fijian prime minister Laisenia Qarase [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Qarase appeals from a November High Court decision [text, PDF; JURIST report] holding that President Ratu Josefa [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] A judge from the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday granted a government motion [text, PDF] to set aside the conviction of former senator Ted Stevens (R-AK) [US Congress backgrounder] on corruption charges. The Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed the motion [read more]

15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday dismissed [decision, PDF] the appeal of former Bosnian Serb leader and war crimes suspect Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive], in which he asserted that he is immune from prosecution. Karadzic [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Deputy International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [professional profile] has called on world leaders to end all support for Sudanese president and war crimes suspect Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], according to a Monday report [text] by the Associated Press. Bashir has come under increasing [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan Justice Minister Martha Karua [personal website] resigned Monday from the ruling coalition, claiming that the government had thwarted much needed judiciary reforms by appointing judges without her knowledge. Karua, the leader of the Narc-Kenya party and an outspoken critic of the government of President Mwai Kibaki [BBC profile], [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Vermont Legislature [official website] on Tuesday voted to override Governor Jim Douglas' veto of a bill [text, PDF] legalizing same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the state. Both the House [roll call vote; VPR audio] and Senate [roll call vote; VPR audio] surpassed the two-thirds majority needed to [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Peruvian president Alberto Fujimori [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was found guilty of committing human rights abuses during his 1990-2000 rule by a special court in Lima Tuesday. Fujimori, who maintained his innocence throughout the proceedings, was convicted on charges of approving the November 1991 killing of 15 [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Austrian Interior Minister Maria Fekter [official website, in German] said Monday that the country would not accept released Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees from the US, according to a report [text] by the Associated Press. Fekter said the detainees could pose a security threat to the European Union (EU) [official website; JURIST news [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] Medical professionals violated codes of medical ethics by participating in and assisting in ill-treatment of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, says a report by the International Committee of the Red Cross [official website], made public Monday. The report [text, PDF], which was written in 2007 based on interviews [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A US immigration judge on Monday revoked a stay of deportation issued Friday for accused Nazi prison camp guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive]. The stay had been ordered Friday [AP report] after Demjanjuk filed a motion to reopen his case. On Monday, the judge ruled [AFP [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 17 Chinese Uighur [JURIST news archive] Muslims held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention center filed a petition for certiorari [text, PDF] with the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] Monday, asking the Court to order their release. The petition seeks the [read more]

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