Legal news from Friday, February 12, 2010
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] French Immigration Minister Eric Besson [official profile, in French] on Friday presented a bill that would create "transit zones" allowing the French government to immediately detain undocumented immigrants wherever they are found. According to Besson, the draft law [Le Monde report, in French] will allow the government to hold [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the UK intelligence service MI5 [official website] on Friday denied [press release] accusations that it had collaborated with the US over the alleged torture of former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Director General Jonathan Evans [official profile] made [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian acting President Goodluck Jonathan [BBC profile] must take action to "tackle the culture of impunity" in Nigeria, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a letter [text] dated Friday. HRW Executive Director Kenneth Roth called on Jonathan to address rights abuses left unaddressed during the two-and-a-half-year term [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] refused to rule out [WP report] a military commission for accused 9/11 co-conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], in an interview with the Washington Post published Friday. Holder said that more important than the location or forum is that [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday dismissed [judgment, PDF] the appeal [text, PDF] against the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer by former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive]. Last month, Karadzic appealed the imposition of a court-appointed lawyer [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Sri Lanka's Supreme Court agreed on Friday to consider a petition questioning the legality of the arrest of opposition presidential candidate and former general Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile]. The petition was filed [AFP report] by Fonseka's wife. Also Friday, street protests against Fonseka's arrest continued for a third day. [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [press release] Friday that Russia breached the European Convention on Human Rights [text] in two cases concerning disappearances in Chechnya [JURIST news archive]. In the cases of Razman Guluyeva and Islam Dubayev [judgments], the ECHR held that Russia violated [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Israel has begun to reroute a segment of its West Bank security barrier [official website; JURIST news archive], said Ministry of Defense [official website, in Hebrew] spokesperson Shlomo Dror on Thursday. The modifications, which may not be completed until the end of the year, will shift the controversial barrier's [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi appeals panel ruled Thursday that 28 previously banned candidates can stand in the March 7 elections [JURIST news archive]. The ruling came after Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki [official website, in Arabic] said Monday that the dispute over banned candidates would be resolved [JURIST report] within the week. [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Sudan Muhamed Chande Othman said Thursday that while Sudan has made progress [text] in protecting human rights, grave problems still exist. Othman praised [UN News Centre report] the "institutional and legislative reform" leading to the passage of several laws [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Paris District Court [official website, in French] on Thursday ordered Internet auction house eBay to pay LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton (LVMH) [corporate website] €200,000 ($275,000) in damages for paying search engines to direct customers to counterfeit LVMH products. The court found that eBay registered names similar to [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair [official profile] on Wednesday condemned [press release, PDF] a UK Court of Appeal ruling [judgment text; JURIST report] that the British government must publish intelligence relating to the alleged torture of former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed [JURIST news archives]. UK Foreign [read more]

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