Legal news from Tuesday, February 2, 2010
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guinean junta aide Lieutenant Aboubacar Cherif "Toumba" Diakite is the sole government official to blame for the killing of more than 150 civilians in Conakry [BBC backgrounder] in September, a commission created by Guinea's junta announced on Tuesday. The commission's conclusion contradicts a UN report [JURIST report] that [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Former UK international development secretary Clare Short told the Iraq Inquiry [official website] in a public hearing [transcript, PDF; video] on Tuesday that Former UK prime minister Tony Blair [official profile; JURIST news archive] was "misleading" and "deceitful" with the Cabinet and parliament regarding the Iraq invasion. Short rejected [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iran will "soon execute" nine more Iranian citizens for their roles in last summer's post-election protests [JURIST news archive], according to a statement given by senior judiciary official Ebrahim Raisi to the Fars News Agency [official website] Tuesday. The nine protesters are charged with the capital crime of moharebeh, [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Togo [official website, in French] ruled Tuesday that presidential candidate Kofi Yamgnane [campaign website, in French] is not eliglble to run in the February 28 election. Yamgnane was to face incumbent President Faure Gnassingbe [official profile, in French; BBC profile] of the ruling Rally of [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch Supreme Court [official website, in Dutch] on Tuesday reversed [press release, in Dutch] the 2008 acquittals of seven men charged with belonging to a terrorist network, ordering a new trial. The seven men, suspected of belonging to the Dutch Muslim Hofstad Network terrorist group, were originally convicted [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A French court on Tuesday began the trial to determine the cause of the Air France Concorde jet crash [BBC backgrounder] outside Paris in 2000. French officials blame US-based Continental Airlines [corporate website] for the accident, alleging that a piece of metal fell off of a Continental plane and [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Nigeria-based Socio-Economic Rights & Accountability Project (SERAP) [advocacy website] has submitted a letter [text, DOC] to International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] requesting an inquiry into the spate of religious violence [BBC report] that erupted in the city of Jos in January. [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Sri Lanka ruled Tuesday that President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official website] will begin his second term in office on November 19, 2010. Rajapaksa won re-election [NYT report] last week with an 18-point victory over his opponent, retired general Sarath Foneska. The election was held two years [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian citizen Maher Arar [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] on Monday asked [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to overturn a lower court ruling that he cannot sue the US government for damages based on his detention in the US and his detention, interrogation, and torture [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration continued to criticize the Supreme Court [official website] Monday for its recent decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission [JURIST report], which eased restrictions on political campaign spending by corporations and labor unions. In an appeal [WH blog; fact sheet, PDF] for political campaign spending [read more]

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