Legal news from Tuesday, April 13, 2010
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday resumed the war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive]. The proceedings commenced with the prosecution calling its first witness, Bosnian Muslim Ahmet Zulic [witness list, PDF]. Zulic provided [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] International rights organizations voiced concern Tuesday about a draft media law [text, PDF] the Fijian government is slated to approve in the near future. The Media Industry Development Decree 2010 includes several provisions that could result in the imprisonment of journalists for up to five years and stiff fines. [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Tuesday upheld a National Court decision suspending an investigation into a 2002 Israeli air force bombing in the Gaza Strip. The attack killed 15 people, including 14 civilians. The investigation was ordered in January 2009 after a National Court judge [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Dutch Prime Minister Jan-Peter Balkenende [official profile] on Monday proposed the establishment of an international tribunal in the Netherlands to try countries suspected of supplying nuclear materials to terrorists. The tribunal would be set in The Hague, already home to several international judicial institutions, and would hold accountable nations [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyz interim prime minister Azimbek Beknazarov announced Tuesday that the temporary government has suspended the country's highest court until the country creates a permanent government. Beknazarov said that the Constitutional Court will remain temporarily dissolved [RIA Novosti report] because it allegedly supports ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile]. Beknazarov [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Angola [BBC backgrounder] should take a stronger stand against corruption [press release], according to a report [materials] released Tuesday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. Despite the nation's large economic growth and increased stability following the end of the nation-wide civil war in 2002, the [read more]

07:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Nebraska Legislature [official website] voted 40-9 Monday to approve a bill requiring a heightened level of informed consent and physician assessment of women seeking abortions [JURIST news archive]. The bill [LB 594 text, PDF] would require health care professionals to determine if the woman seeking the abortion had [read more]

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