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Legal news from Monday, January 25, 2010
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that three Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to Slovakia. Slovakia announced [JURIST report] last week that it would accept the detainees, in what was widely seen as an endorsement of US president Barack [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi officials on Monday executed [press release, in Arabic] Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known as "Chemical Ali," for ordering the Kurdish village of Halabja gassed in 1988. Government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh stated that al-Majid had committed crimes of mass murder and premeditated bodily harm [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] The French parliament [official website, in French] will likely limit a proposal to ban the burqa [JURIST news archive] and niqab, full face veils worn by some devout Muslim women, to public buildings only, according to Monday reports. A parliamentary panel charged with examining the issue is set to [read more]

12:01 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court on Monday rejected a request by suspected Mumbai terror attack [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive] gunman Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile] to be tried in an international court. Kasab claimed he would not receive a fair trial in India and that police had falsely accused [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to hear [order list, PDF] an appeal brought by former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] challenging a lower court ruling denying his habeas corpus petition and authorizing his extradition to France on [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] Zimbabwe’s high court Monday struck out evidence from a key witness in the trial of Zimbabwe Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) [party website] party treasurer and deputy agriculture minister-nominee Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Peter Michael Hitschmann was called as the attorney general’s main witness against Bennett, [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] 5-3 in Hemi Group, LLC v. City of New York [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that the city government lacks standing under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO) [text] to bring a suit [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Guatemalan authorities have issued an arrest warrant for former president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish], after the US government requested his extradition on Sunday to face charges of money laundering [indictment; press release, PDF]. Portillo, who was president of Guatemala from 2000 to 2004, has been charged [El [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Myanmar government official has said that pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be released from house arrest in November when her sentence is scheduled to end. Witnesses reported [Reuters report] that Home Minister Major General Maung Oo [official website] made the statement [read more]

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