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Legal news from Monday, August 31, 2009
16:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced the initiation of removal proceedings [press release] against a Michigan man accused of killing Jews while serving as a member of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police (UAP) in L’viv, Ukraine, during World War II. John Kalymon is accused [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that William Smith of Australia has been appointed acting international co-prosecutor to replace Canadian Robert Petit [official profile] when his resignation [JURIST report] takes effect September 1. Smith has served for three years as [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights commemorated [press release] the International Day of the Disappeared Monday, calling on states to eliminate enforced disappearances and ratify the International Convention for the Protection of all Persons from Enforced Disappearance [text, PDF]. Jemery Sarkin, chairperson of the UN [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday began [press release] genocide proceedings [case materials] against a former businessman man charged with ordering a bulldozer to knock down a church housing refugees and then ordering the bulldozer driver to crush those refugees during [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] North Korea called on the newly-elected Japanese government Monday to apologize for its use of Asian "comfort women" [Amnesty International backgrounder; JURIST news archive] by the Japanese Army in World War II. In an editorial [Korea Herald report] published in the communist party newspaper Rodong Sinmum, North Korea called [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US has released more than 5,000 Iraqi prisoners and transferred more than 1,000 more to Iraqi control in 2009, according to a Sunday statement [press release] by the US-led Multinational Force in Iraq [official website]. This year's releases and transfers, conducted in accordance with the Status of Forces [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former US vice president Dick Cheney [JURIST news archive] accused President Barack Obama [official website] of backtracking on his promise to not prosecute Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] agents for alleged abuses of suspected terrorist detainees under the Bush administration during an interview [transcript] with Fox News Sunday, [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese Vice Minister of Public Security Le The Tiem said Monday that President Nguyen Minh Triet will grant amnesty to more than 5,000 prisoners on Wednesday in honor of National Day. Catholic priest Father Thadeus Nguyen Van Ly [AI backgrounder], who was sentenced to eight years in prison [JURIST [read more]

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