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Legal news from Monday, July 12, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A group of lawyers on Monday filed a complaint with a Morocco prosecutor seeking the arrest of several high ranking Israeli officials over their involvement in Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The complaint names former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert, former foreign minister Tzipi Livni, and [read more]

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[JURIST] The Chinese government instituted new regulations Sunday requiring a wide variety of government officials to disclose to the state details about their personal finances and the legal statuses of their family members. The new regulations [Xinhua report], which apply to county-level and higher-ranking political officials, party officers and employees [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Woolwich Crown Court on Monday sentenced three British Muslims [press release] charged in connection with a 2006 plot to blow up numerous transatlantic flights to life in prison. Ibrahim Savant, Arafat Waheed Khan and Waheed Zahman [GlobalSecurity backgrounders] were part of a conspiracy to detonate liquid bombs [read more]

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[JURIST] An Israeli military probe found insufficient intelligence and planning in the May 31 raid on several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder] in a report released Monday [press release], but also concluded that no punishments were necessary. The Eiland Commission, which was formed last month [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] on Monday appeared at a pre-trial hearing and informed the court that he had previously rejected a plea deal offered by the US government. Under the plea agreement Khadr would have pleaded guilty to committing [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday charged Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] with three counts of genocide [warrant, PDF] in relation to the Darfur conflict [BBC backgrounder]. The chamber found that there were reasonable grounds to conclude that [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Indian Environmental Minister Jairam Ramesh [official website] apologized Saturday for the government's role in the 2008 disposal of toxic waste from the 1984 Bhopal chemical spill disaster [BBC backgrounder], which he said was done secretly and in an improper manner. Bhopal victims groups and citizens living near the [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday denied the stay of proceedings request [press release] of accused Congolese militia leader Germain Katanga [case materials]. Katanga filed the appeal in June seeking a stay of proceedings and a declaration of unlawful detention by the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said during an interview [transcript] Sunday on CBS's Face the Nation that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will continue monitoring the effects of Arizona's recently passed immigration bill [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive] and would consider filing a second [read more]

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[JURIST] A Zimbabwean court on Monday granted bail to human rights activist Farai Maguwu, who was being held for allegedly supplying false information about Zimbabwe's controversial diamond mining practices to the international diamond control body the Kimberley Process (KP) [official website]. In granting the bail request, Judge Mawadze Gurainesu rejected [read more]

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