Legal news from Monday, June 8, 2009
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Belfast High Court on Monday found [judgment text; judgment summary, DOC] four men and the Real Irish Republican Army (RIRA) responsible for the 1998 Omagh bombing [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in a civil case brought by victims' families. The ruling held RIRA leader Michael McKevitt [personal website], [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee at the center of a landmark Supreme Court case Lakhdar Boumediene [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said in an interview with ABC News [ABC report] released Monday that he was tortured by American personnel at the detention facility. Boumediene said that he [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Five US contractors have been arrested by Iraqi officials for their alleged involvement in the May death of an American in Baghdad's Green Zone [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], according to Sunday reports. The suspects are not yet charged but may be the first Americans to face trial [Los Angeles Times report] [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued opinions in five cases on Monday. In Republic of Iraq v. Beaty [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] and Iraq v. Simon, the Court ruled [opinion, PDF] that Iraq has sovereign immunity from US court jurisdiction in cases alleging mistreatment [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in two cases. In Hertz Corporation v. Friend, Melinda, et al [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will consider whether the location of a nationwide corporation's headquarters can be disregarded by a court [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday called [transcript] on the government of Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive] to conduct a "proper investigation" of any "credible allegations of violations of humanitarian law" arising from the recent conflict between the government and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US journalists Laura Ling and Seung-eun Lee [BBC profile] were sentenced on Monday in North Korea's Pyongyang Central Court to 12 years in labor camps [KCNA report, in Korean]. The journalists were arrested [JURIST report] in March for allegedly crossing into North Korea while reporting on North Korean defectors [read more]

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