Legal news from Tuesday, May 25, 2010
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A collection of African civil society organizations on Monday issued a declaration [text] urging greater cooperation between the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] 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 [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday filed a brief [text, PDF] urging the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by the state of Virginia challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted health care reform law [HR 3590 text; JURIST news archive]. The suit [complaint, PDF] filed by Virginia Attorney General Kenneth [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] ruled Tuesday that a Pakistani cleric accused by India of plotting the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [JURIST news archive] cannot be jailed due to lack of evidence. Hafiz Muhammad Saeed [Global Jihad profile] is the head of fundamentalist terrorist group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder], [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A criminal court in Thailand issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for ousted [JURIST report] prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of terrorism. Thaksin is accused of involvement in the the recent political violence [JURIST news archive] in Bangkok, which left more than 80 [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Netherlands District Court of Rotterdam [official website, in Dutch] on Tuesday commenced [press release, in Danish] the first European trial of Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] under charges of "sea robbery" for hijacking a cargo ship registered in the Netherlands Antilles. The five accused Somali pirates were arrested [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Russian prime minister Mikhail Kasyanov [BBC profile] on Monday testified that former president Vladimir Putin [official website; JURIST news archive] ordered the arrest of former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] for political reasons. Testifying before the Khamovnichesky District Court, Kasyanov stated [Moscow Times report] [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Several international human rights and jurist organizations on Monday petitioned the UN [text, PDF] to support Spanish judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in his inquiry into human rights violations during the Spanish Civil War [LOC backgrounder] and to ask Spain to end his criminal prosecution. Garzon [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Kenyan constitutional court ruled [judgment, PDF] Monday that inclusion of Islamic "Kadhi" courts [official website] in the nation's current constitution [text, PDF] 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 [read more]

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