Legal news from Thursday, December 17, 2009
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's lower house of parliament, the Congress of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved [press release, in Spanish] a bill [text, PDF; in Spanish] that would ease restrictions on abortions [JURIST news archive]. The bill passed by a vote of 183-158 with two abstentions. Current Spanish abortion [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The chief justice of the Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] on Thursday ordered a review of the 2003 arrest of Platon Lebedev [defense website], business partner of former Yukos oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive]. The decision came after the European Court of Human [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] A South Korean court on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for former prime minister Han Myeong-sook on bribery charges. Han is accused of accepting USD $50,000 from former Korea Express CEO Kwak Young-wook in 2007 in exchange for helping him become president of Korea South-East Power Co., an affiliate [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The leader of France's conservative party, the Union for a Popular Movement (UMP) [party website, in French] announced Wednesday that he will introduce legislation banning the burqa [JURIST news archive] in public. Jean-Francois Cope's announcement [Le Figaro report, in French] comes at the end of a six-month investigation by [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] Credit Suisse [corporate website], Switzerland's second largest bank, agreed [DOJ press release] Wednesday to pay more than $500 million in fines to both the US government and New York state for violating US sanctions against Iran and other countries. According to a criminal information filed Wednesday, Credit Suisse violated [read more]

10:12 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Wednesday granted Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Saeed Hatim's petition for habeas corpus, ordering his release. The US Department of Defense [official website] alleged that Hatim trained at the al Farouq paramilitary [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] said Wednesday that the decision to purchase [JURIST report] the Thomson Correctional Center (TCC) [DOC backgrounder] in northwestern Illinois to house inmates from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] could help close the facility over the next several months. Holder told a press [read more]

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