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Legal news from Thursday, February 18, 2010
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Niger President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] was taken hostage on Thursday in an apparent coup attempt by dissident army officials, leaving at least three Nigerien soldiers dead. The opposition forces invaded the presidential palace [AP report] with machine guns during a meeting of government ministers and kidnapped Tandja along [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Polish government joined [Rzeczpospolita report, in Polish] a class-action on lawsuit Wednesday brought against Russia for the 1940 Katyn Massacre [Brittanica backgrounder; JURIST news archive] where 20,000 Poles were killed by the USSR. The suit [complaint], filed in May in the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] deputy prosecutor Fatou Bensouda [official profile] arrived in Guinea Wednesday for a three-day investigation into the killing of more than 150 civilians in Conakry [BBC backgrounder] in September. During her investigation, Bensouda will determine whether the ICC has jurisdiction to try those responsible [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] filed an emergency motion Wednesday in the Canadian Federal Court [official website] challenging a diplomatic note sent by the Canadian government to the US State Department [official website]. The note asks that all evidence collected by Canadian [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday decided that the criminal trial of Galleon Group [partnership website] hedge fund founder Raj Rajaratnam [FT profile; JURIST news archive] will begin October 25. Prosecutors had asked the judge to schedule the trial for June or July [Bloomberg report], but Rajaratnam and former hedge [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari [official website] on Wednesday appointed 34 new judges [press release], including three to the country's Supreme Court [official website], after Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry [official profile; JURIST news archive] blocked Zardari's original selections. The court blocked [JURIST report] the selections last week because [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Wednesday reversed an appellate court decision to overturn the convictions of five former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees, remanding the case to the lower court. A court spokesperson said the case will be heard by a specially created [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission [official website] on Wednesday overturned a man's 1993 murder conviction in its first exoneration of an inmate who claimed to have been wrongly convicted. George Taylor, who had served 17 years of a life sentence and had exhausted all other appeals options, became [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Haitian judge on Wednesday ordered the release of eight of the 10 US missionaries held in a Haitian jail on kidnapping charges [JURIST report] in the wake of the January 12 earthquake [JURIST news archive]. Eight of the 10 members of the missionary group, affiliated with the Central [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] granted summary judgment [opinion, PDF] for the National Forest Service (NFS) [official website] Wednesday, upholding an agreement limiting the amount of timber that can be harvested in Alaska's Tongass National Forest [official website]. Several Alaska [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] Eighty-five victims of rocket attacks in Israel have filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] seeking damages from Iran and Iran's central bank for for injuries suffered in the 2006 Second Lebanon War. The suit, filed Monday, claims that [read more]

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