Legal news from Friday, February 26, 2010
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Friday opened the trial [press release] of former Bosnian Serb leader Zdravko Tolimir [case materials; JURIST news archive]. Tolimir is charged [indictment, PDF] with genocide, conspiracy to commit genocide, crimes against humanity, and murder. The crimes with [read more]

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[JURIST] The top Venezuelan human rights official on Thursday criticized [press release, Spanish] findings in a report [text; JURIST report] issued by the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website]. Ombudsman Gabriela Ramirez [official profile, in Spanish], Venezuela's top rights official, said [read more]

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[JURIST] The Constitutional Court [official website, in Russian] of the Russian Federation ruled [press release, in Russian] Friday that Russian courts must reconsider civil cases decided by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], ordering legislative amendments. The rule previously applied only to criminal and arbitration cases [Russia [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] UN Under-Secretary-General Sergei Ordzhonikidze [official profile] on Friday condemned calls by Libyan leader Muamar Gaddafi [official website] for a jihad on Switzerland. Gaddafi issued the call [Telegraph report] in response to Switzerland's recent vote to ban the construction of minarets [JURIST report]. Ordzhonikidze called the declaration "inadmissible" [BBC report]. [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a measure to extend expiring provisions of the USA Patriot Act [JURIST news archive] with no new privacy measures. Representatives voted 315-97 [Reuters report] in favor of the measure, which would allow federal authorities to conduct "roving" wiretaps, to [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Thursday that a federal grand jury in the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] has returned a five-count superseding indictment [text, PDF] against suspected terrorists Adis Medunjanin and Zarein Ahmedzay. The men, [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website, in Thai] ruled Friday to seize 46.4 billion baht (USD $1.4 billion) in assets from ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for abuses of power while in office. The court found [Bangkok Post report] that Thaksin crafted government [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Myanmar's Supreme Court on Friday dismissed the latest appeal by pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] against the extension of her house arrest. The court heard Suu Kyi's latest appeal [JURIST report] to the 18-month extension last month. Suu Kyi appealed to the supreme [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The England and Wales Court of Appeal [official website] on Friday disclosed additional text [judgment, PDF] that was omitted from a previous ruling related to former Guantanamo Bay detainee Binyam Mohamed [JURIST news archives]. The language in question is critical of British intelligence service MI5 [official website], suggesting that [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Italy's Supreme Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian] on Thursday overturned the bribery conviction of David Mills [JURIST news archive], a British barrister and former lawyer to Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official profile, in Italian; BBC profile]. The court agreed with prosecutors who said the statute of [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish court charged an additional 11 military officers Friday morning as the investigation into the military's so-called "Sledgehammer plot" to overthrow the government continues, bringing the total charged so far to 31. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke at a Justice Development Party (AKP) [party website, in [read more]

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[JURIST] French President Nicholas Sarkozy [official website, in French] admitted [text, PDF, in French; video, in French] Thursday that France and the international community made "mistakes" in handling the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Sarkozy spoke while on a visit to Rwanda to meet with President Paul [read more]

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[JURIST] Spain's Senate [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday gave final approval [press release, in Spanish] to a bill that will ease restrictions on abortions [JURIST news archive]. The legislation passed [El Pais report, in Spanish] once three veto proposals were denied by majority votes, after which 88 amendments were [read more]

06:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Court of Australia [official website] ruled Thursday that former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mamdouh Habib [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] can sue the Australian government for complicity in his ill-treatment while incarcerated in Pakistan, Egypt, Afghanistan, and Guantanamo Bay. Habib claims he suffered sleep deprivation, [read more]

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