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Legal news from Friday, April 2, 2010
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian Office of the War Crimes Prosecutor [official website] announced Friday that it has issued an international warrant for the arrest of alleged Nazi war criminal and naturalized American citizen Peter Egner [JURIST news archive]. Head Serbian prosecutor Vladmir Vukcevic has accused Egner of having been a member [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Attorney General Anwar Mansoor announced his resignation Friday over controversy surrounding a Supreme Court [official website] order to investigate corruption allegations [JURIST report] against President Asif Ali Zardari [official website]. Mansoor cited a lack of cooperation [PTI report] from Law Minister Babar Awan as a key factor in [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday called on leaders in Guinea-Bissau [official website, in Portuguese] to respect the rule of law [press release] and maintain constitutional order in the wake of a confrontation between the military and government in which the prime minister was detained and later [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] Japanese authorities on Friday indicted a New Zealand anti-whaling activist in connection with boarding a Japanese whaling vessel as part of an anti-whaling protest in the antarctic seas. Tokyo District Public Prosecutors [official website, in Japanese] are bringing five charges [AP report] against Captain Pete Bethune - trespassing, assault, [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Minister of the Environment Jim Prentice [official profile] on Thursday proposed [press release] a new set of regulations [text, PDF; backgrounder] aimed to reduce greenhouse gases (GHG) emitted from vehicles. The new standards will apply to cars and light truck models starting in 2011. The standards will differ [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistani lawmakers were weighing a constitutional bill Friday that would greatly limit the powers of President Asif Ali Zardari [official website], reversing the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive]. If passed by both houses of parliament, the 18th Amendment Bill [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan Parliament [official website] on Thursday unanimously approved [press release] a draft constitution [text, PDF]. The vote follows two days of contentious debate [AP report], though none of the many proposals for amendment passed, and the draft remained as introduced by the Committee of Experts on Constitutional Review [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday urged Turkmenistan to place a stronger emphasis on human rights [press release]. At a joint press conference with Turkmenistan's President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, Ban said that he, "called on the government to fulfill all obligations under international human rights law and the [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The German government is considering accepting detainees held at the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], according to interviews [text] published this week by Der Spiegel magazine. German Chancellor Angela Merkel [official profile], Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere, and Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle revealed a possible [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Thursday that Internet auction house eBay [corporate website] is not required to actively monitor its website for the sale of counterfeit goods. The decision comes in a case brought by jeweler Tiffany & Company [corporate [read more]

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