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Legal news from Wednesday, September 2, 2009
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] Czech President Vaclav Klaus [official website, in Czech] on Wednesday called an emergency meeting [press release, in Czech] of political officials to discuss potential changes to the country's constitution, one day after the Constitutional Court [official website, in Czech] delayed elections [press release, in Czech] planned for October 9 [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Thai criminal court has sentenced political activist Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul [advocacy website] to 18 years in prison for insulting the royal family. Darunee was convicted [The Nation report] last Friday on charges of violating Thailand's lese majeste [UPI backgrounder] law, which prohibits defaming, insulting, or threatening "King, the Queen, [read more]

15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] voted 73-50 Wednesday to condemn last month's decision by Scottish Justice Minister Kennny MacAskill [official profile] to release [JURIST report] to Libya convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile]. The symbolic vote was a defeat for [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] ruled [judgment text] Wednesday that former Serbian paramilitary commander Dragan Vasiljkovic [Trial Watch backgrounder] may appeal his extradition to Croatia, finding a real chance of prejudice if the extradition were carried out. Vasiljkovic, also known as Daniel Snedden, is accused of war [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Commonwealth of Nations [official website] on Tuesday suspended [press release] the island nation of Fiji [JURIST news archive] from its organization because it failed to meet the September 1 deadline for reinstating a constitutional democracy and opening a national dialogue following its December 2006 military coup [JURIST report]. [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) [official website] announced [press release] Tuesday that a group of 91 countries have reached an agreement on the final text of the first ever treaty [text, PDF] to combat illegal fishing. The Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter and Eliminate [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] brought by a former State Department [official website] official seeking diplomatic immunity against Italian charges of helping to unlawfully kidnap a suspected terrorist. Sabrina De Sousa [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei District Court [official site, in Chinese] sentenced former Taiwanese first lady Wu Shu-Chen to one year in prison for obstructing justice in a corruption case against her. Wu Shu-Chen, wife of embattled former president Chen Shui-bian [JURIST news archive], was found guilty of instructing her children on [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Guatemalan paramilitary was convicted and sentenced to 150 years in prison for the enforced disappearance of six indigenous persons during the Guatemalan civil war [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The trial of Felipe Cusanero, which began [JURIST report] in 2008, was the first time a defendant was tried for enforced disappearance [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Finnish court on Tuesday began the trial of former Rwandan pastor Francois Bazaramba, accused of involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder]. Bazaramba has denied charges of involvement in the genocide as well as the 15 counts of murder against him. On Tuesday, he petitioned [YLE report] [read more]

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