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Legal news from Tuesday, May 25, 2010
by Dwyer Arce

A collection of African civil society organizations on Monday issued a declaration urging greater cooperation between the International Criminal Court (ICC) and African nations during the upcoming ICC review conference. The group of 124 organizations called on African governments to enhance their cooperation with the court and to make greater efforts in the execution of outstanding …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Obama administration on Monday filed a brief urging the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the state of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law. The suit filed by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth Cuccinelli challenges the constitutionality of the individual mandate …

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by Sarah Miley

Pakistan's Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a Pakistani cleric accused by India of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks cannot be jailed due to lack of evidence. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed is the head of fundamentalist terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which was allegedly behind the attacks. Pakistan put Saeed under …

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by Sarah Miley

A criminal court in Thailand issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra on charges of terrorism. Thaksin is accused of involvement in the the recent political violence in Bangkok, which left more than 80 dead and more than 1,000 injured. Thaksin has been seen …

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by Dwyer Arce

The Obama administration on Monday backed a proposal that would prevent a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy [10 USC s. 654; JURIST news archive] from taking effect until the completion of a comprehensive review of the repeal's effects. The amendment to the Military Readiness Enhancement Act of 2010 would prevent the repeal from …

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by Sarah Miley

The Netherlands District Court of Rotterdam on Tuesday commenced the first European trial of Somali pirates under charges of "sea robbery" for hijacking a cargo ship registered in the Netherlands Antilles. The five accused Somali pirates were arrested last year during an attempt to forcibly board the cargo …

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by Dwyer Arce

Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov on Monday testified that former president Vladimir Putin ordered the arrest of former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky for political reasons. Testifying before the Khamovnichesky District Court, Kasyanov stated that after questioning Putin on the subject several times, he …

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by Sarah Miley

Several international human rights and jurist organizations on Monday petitioned the UN to support Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon in his inquiry into human rights violations during the Spanish Civil War and to ask Spain to end his criminal prosecution. Garzon was suspended last week by the Spanish General …

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by Sarah Miley

A Kenyan constitutional court ruled Monday that inclusion of Islamic "Kadhi" courts in the nation's current constitution is illegal and discriminatory. The Kadhi court system, which elevates Islam over the country's other religions, was deemed unconstitutional because it does not coincide with Kenya's secular mandate. The court also held that supporting Kadhi courts …

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