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Legal news from Sunday, June 27, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan interim President Roza Otunbayeva [BBC profile] announced Sunday that voters approved a new constitution [text, DOC, in Russian] that will allow the interim government to establish a legitimate government through parliamentary elections in the fall. Otunbayeva will remain the acting president through 2011 when elections will be held [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website] to stay a district court ruling to lift a six-month moratorium on deep water drilling [JURIST reports] issued by the Obama administration in response to the BP [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Saturday ordered the release [opinion, PDF] of Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Odaini, who will now be transferred to his homeland of Yemen [JURIST news archives], despite the Obama administration's ban on repatriation to the Arab nation. In January, the administration suspended all transfers of Guantanamo [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Representative to Iraq Ad Melkert on Saturday urged the Iraqi government to ratify the UN Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment [text]. Melkert's statement, which was delivered on the thirteenth annual International Day in Support of Victims of Torture [official website], [read more]

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