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Legal news from Friday, July 2, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] signed legislation [HR 2194] Friday imposing a new round of sanctions on Iran for failure to disband the nation's uranium enrichment program. Under the new legislation, sanctions will be imposed against parties investing in Iran's petroleum development and aiding in exporting the petroleum. [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Chicago City Council [official website] on Friday unanimously approved an ordinance placing new regulations on handgun ownership within the city. Under the new ordinance [press release], citizens possessing handguns must keep them inside their homes. The gun owners are not permitted to take their guns into the yard, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] is not suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and is therefore fit to stand trial. The issue of Ghailani's psychological state arose after he requested to be exempt [JURIST report] from [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine court on Friday commenced the trial of former Argentine dictator Jorge Rafael Videla [Trial Watch profile; JURIST news archive], who is facing several human rights violations for his role in the nation's "Dirty War" [JURIST news archive]. Videla was tried and convicted in 1985 along with eight [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A South African court on Friday convicted former INTERPOL [official website] president and South African police chief Jackie Selebi [official profile; JURIST news archive] on corruption charges but found him not guilty on charges of obstruction of justice. Selebi was charged [JURIST report] with receiving $170,000 in bribes from [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday urged the Chinese government to launch an independent investigation [report, PDF] into the July 2009 Xinjiang riots [JURIST news archive], after receiving new testimony contradicting the current official version of events. AI claims that police officials committed several human rights violations [press [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan's new constitution [text, DOC; in Russian] came into effect on Thursday after election authorities released the final results of Sunday's referendum on the charter [JURIST report]. The new constitution will allow the interim government to establish a legitimate government through parliamentary elections in the fall. Final results from [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] on Thursday filed [press release] eight Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [materials] requests seeking information relating to the US government's knowledge of the May Israeli raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. Several governmental departments [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives [official website] on Thursday approved a bill [HR 5503 materials] that would increase compensation for injured workers and victims' families that have filed claims against BP as a result of the recent Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the Gulf [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Ugandan police announced Friday that a former Rwandan pastor accused of committing genocide and crimes against humanity relating to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was taken into custody Wednesday. Jean-Bosco Uwinkindi [Hague Justice profile], indicted by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Joseph Nzirorera [personal website], former president of the Rwanda National Assembly and secretary general of the National Republican Movement for Democracy and Development (MRND), died [press release] Thursday following complications from a long illness. Nzirorera was arrested by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] in July [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture [official website] voted 25-20 Thursday to lift travel and trade restrictions [press release] to Cuba. The Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act [HR 4645 materials], which would eliminate travel bans to Cuba and prohibit money transfer restrictions, will now face [read more]

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