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Legal news from Monday, January 4, 2010
17:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic] said Monday that Iraq will file lawsuits in both US and Iraqi courts against Blackwater [JURIST news archive] after a US judge dismissed charges last week against five guards indicted for their involvement in the deaths of 17 Iraqi civilians [read more]

16:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the conviction and life sentence of 9/11 [JURIST news archive] conspirator Zacarias Moussaoui [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Moussaoui's lawyers had requested that his guilty plea and be withdrawn and a new trial [read more]

15:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian government on Monday filed a lawsuit against Croatia in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website], accusing the Croatian government of committing genocide during the 1991-1995 Balkan War [JURIST news archive]. The suit [press release] is in response to a similar suit [case materials] filed by [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Monday refused to reconsider a 40-month prison sentence [JURIST report] given to former UBS [corporate website] banker Bradley Birkenfeld in August. Birkenfeld admitted to helping a California real-estate developer hide $200 million to avoid paying taxes and has cooperated with the government in its investigation [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A US rule [text] ending a policy prohibiting people with HIV or AIDS from entering the country went into effect on Monday. The decision by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) [official website] to remove HIV from its list of communicable diseases of public significance ended [BBC [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Malaysian Home Ministry [official website, in Malay] on Monday appealed last week's ruling [JURIST report] by the High Court that non-Muslims can use the word "Allah" as a translation for the word "God." The case [JURIST report] was brought by the Herald, a weekly Catholic publication, challenging the [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Threats against judges, US attorneys, and assistant US attorneys have more than doubled over the last six years, according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website]. The report, conducted by the Office of the Inspector General [official website], found that [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Former vice-president of China's Supreme People's Court (SPC) [official website, in Chinese] Huang Songyou will stand trial on corruption charges, according to Sunday media reports. Prosecutors have not yet completed their investigation against Huang, who is accused of accepting 4 million yuan in bribes, but they are expected to [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian police arrested alleged war criminal Darko Jankovic on Sunday. Jankovic is accused of killing at least 19 civilians in eastern Bosnia during the 1992-95 Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. A spokesperson for Serbia's Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website, in Serbian] indicated that Jankovic is [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Sunday upheld a ban against wearing the niqab [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], or full-face veil, while taking university examinations. The Cairo Administrative Court dismissed a lawsuit [National report] filed by 55 niqab-wearing university students challenging the ban, which was put in place by the [read more]

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