Legal news from Thursday, January 21, 2010
15:01 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) arrested [press release] two former Bosnian Serb detention camp guards on Thursday who were allegedly responsible for the death of around 50 civilians and Bosnian soldiers during the Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. Ratko Dronjak was commander of a detention camp in [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Parliament of the Republic of Angola [BBC backgrounder] approved a new constitution on Thursday that would end the popular election of the president, despite the refusal of opposition party UNITA [party website] to take part in the vote. The new constitution [Reuters report] replaces an interim constitution [text, [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Moscow court on Thursday rejected an appeal of a lower court ruling that denied recognition of a marriage between two women. The couple, Irina Fedotova-Fet and Irina Shepitko, applied for a marriage license in March, but were refused by the registry. The women appealed to the Tverskoi District [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] French police on Wednesday arrested alleged war criminal Sosthene Munyemana in Bordeaux, acting on a Rwandan extradition warrant. Munyemana, a Rwandan doctor who has worked in a French hospital for eight years, is accused of war crimes [AFP report] related to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] Amin Mohamed Durrani, a member of the "Toronto 18" [Toronto Star backgrounder; JURIST news archive], was released Thursday after pleading guilty in a Canadian court Wednesday to participating in and assisting a terrorist group. Durrani's plea [Toronto Sun report], which came as a surprise to many, included an apology [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The North Korean government is holding approximately 200,000 dissidents [press release, in Korean] in six prison camps spread throughout the country, according to a report released Wednesday by the South Korean government's National Human Rights Commission of Korea (NHRCK) [official website, in Korean]. According to the report, punishments for [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday decided [opinion, PDF] 5-4 in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [Cornell LII backgrounder] to ease restrictions on political campaign spending by corporations. The Court was asked to consider Section 203 of the Bipartisan Campaign Reform Act (BCRA) [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] A federal employee filed suit [complaint, PDF] on Wednesday against the federal government seeking to add her same-sex spouse to her family health insurance plan. Lambda Legal [advocacy website] brought the suit in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on behalf of Karen [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian Senate [official website, in Italian] approved a bill [S 1880 materials, in Italian] Wednesday that aims to shorten the trial and appeals process by putting strict time limits on its duration. The legislation would limit the three stages of a case - trial, initial appeal, and final [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian journalist died [RUJ press release, in Russian] in a Siberian hospital on Wednesday from injuries he received during a police beating nearly two weeks ago, according to local investigators. Konstantin Popov, an economics writer for a Russian newspaper, was arrested for drunkenness on January 4 and taken [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Federal courts provide an effective venue for prosecuting terror suspects, securing convictions in 89 percent of cases since 2001, according to a report [text, PDF; report highlights, PDF] released Wednesday by New York University's Center on Law and Security [official website]. The report found that in recent years, the [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton [official profile] signed an order Wednesday authorizing two previously excluded Muslim scholars who strongly criticized US foreign policy to enter the country. During the Bush administration, the US government barred professors Tariq Ramadan [academic profile; JURIST news archive] of Oxford University and Adam [read more]

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