Legal news from Wednesday, April 7, 2010
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch [advocacy website] (HRW) called Wednesday for an investigation into alleged war crimes [press release] committed during the recent conflict between the government of Yemen [BBC timeline] and Shiite Huthi Rebels. According to HRW's report [text, PDF], "All Quiet on the Northern Front?: Uninvestigated Laws of War [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Swedish Police [official website] on Wednesday arrested [press release, in Swedish] a Kosovo war crimes suspect. The suspect is accused of committing war crimes during the 1998-1999 Kosovo war [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the small village of Cuska in May 1999. A Swedish police spokesperson did not [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Wednesday convicted 29 members of the paramilitary group Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website] on charges relating to their involvement in last year's border guard mutiny [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The military-run court in Panchagarh district sentenced those convicted to jail terms ranging [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Several visual artist organizations filed a class action suit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday against Google [corporate website] alleging copyright infringement resulting from the company's book scanning project [Google Books website]. The plaintiffs include the American Society of Media Photographers (ASMP), the Graphic Artists Guild, the Picture Archive Council [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Anti-government protesters in Kyrgyzstan on Wednesday set fire to the prosecutor-general's office amid violent demonstrations that have led to the death of the interior minister, the arrest of several opposition leaders, and the deaths of dozens of protesters. The protests against President Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile], which appear prompted [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Wednesday charged [order, PDF; in Spanish] National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with abuse of power for the investigation of war crimes allegedly committed under Francisco Franco [BBC backgrounder] during the Spanish Civil War [LOC backgrounder]. [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [official website, in Thai; BBC profile] on Wednesday declared a state of emergency in Bangkok and several nearby provinces in response to escalating political protests. The state of emergency was declared after protesters, known as red shirts [BBC backgrounder], broke into Parliament [AP report] [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] A North Korean court sentenced a US citizen to eight years in prison on Wednesday for illegally entering the country. Aijalon Mahli Gomes was arrested in January for illegally crossing the border and was charged with illegal entry and unspecified hostile acts [Korea Times report]. Gomes's sentence includes eight [read more]

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