Legal news from Friday, January 29, 2010
14:01 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Friday called [press release] the closed door trial of Cambodia's opposition leader Sam Rainsy [official profile] and two others a "farce," saying the ruling demonstrates the government's control over the country's judiciary. Rainsy was convicted [RFA report] Wednesday, in absentia, of inciting [read more]

14:01 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Friday ordered the federal government to reduce [press release] its greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive] by 28 percent by 2020. The reduction is pursuant to Executive Order 13514 [text, PDF], signed by Obama in October. The order provides, in part:It is therefore the [read more]

13:01 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] ruled [judgment text] Friday that while the treatment of Canadian Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] violated his rights, the government does not have to press for his return to Canada. In a unanimous decision, the court ruled [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Nigerian court ruled Friday that ailing President Umaru Yar'Adua [BBC profile] is not required to formally transfer his powers to Vice President Goodluck Jonathan [Online Nigeria profile] or any other interim leader. The Federal High Court in Abuja rejected [BBC report] a lawsuit brought by the Nigerian Bar [read more]

11:01 EDT

[JURIST] The White House is considering moving the trials of alleged 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive] and other high-profile terror suspects out of New York City, a senior official said Friday. Although the deputy press secretary reaffirmed [transcript] earlier this week that US President Barack Obama "agrees [read more]

10:01 EDT

[JURIST] A French public prosecutor on Friday announced plans to appeal the acquittal [JURIST report] of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], which cleared him of all charges for his role in an alleged plot to defame several businessmen, including current President Nicolas Sarkozy [official [read more]

09:01 EDT

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said [Reuters report] Thursday that he believes the ICC's appeals chamber will add a genocide charge to the case against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The chamber will rule [press release] [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court sentenced writer and democracy activist Pham Thanh Nghien to a four-year prison term on Friday on charges of spreading anti-state propaganda. Foreign observers were not permitted to attend the trial, which took place in the city of Haiphong in the northern region of Vietnam [JURIST news [read more]

08:01 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya's Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) on Thursday recommended [statement] eliminating the position of prime minister in the country's draft constitution [text, PDF]. Other PSC proposals [Daily Nation report] include an expanded parliament, with some seats guaranteed to women, a prohibition on members of parliament serving in cabinet positions to [read more]

07:01 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysia's Kuching High Court [official website] has issued an injunction to stop a company from destroying the homes of indigenous Malaysians. Last week, state-government agents began tearing down [BMF report] Iban houses on land controlled by the native Iban people [backgrounder] at the request Tatau Land Sdn Bhd, a [read more]

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