Legal news from Monday, July 26, 2010
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Seychelles [BBC backgrounder] on Monday convicted a group of Somali pirates [JURIST news archive], sentencing them to 10 years in prison. The 11 men were apprehended in the Indian Ocean following the attempted hijacking [BBC report] of a Seychelles coastguard ship in December. The trial [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites] on Monday called on the US government to provide greater protection for those with mental disabilities in the US immigration system. In a joint report, "Deportation by Default" [text, PDF; press release], the rights organizations criticized [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Friday released a partially redacted opinion [text, PDF] on the habeas corpus petition of Yemeni Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Hussain Salem Mohammad Almerfedi [NYT report], which was granted by the court earlier this month [JURIST [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Bangladesh's International Crimes Tribunal (ICT) announced Sunday that it had issued four arrest warrants for the leaders of the Islamist group Jamaat e Islami (JI) for crimes committed during 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounders]. The ICT was established in March [JURIST report] to try those accused of committing [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Wikileaks [website] founder Julian Assange [Telegraph profile] said Monday that the Afghan War Diaries [materials], a compilation of 91,000 documents leaked to the organization on the US war effort in Afghanistan, may provide evidence of war crimes committed by US forces. The statement comes after the release of the [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday handed down its first conviction [judgment, PDF; press release] in the case of former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] official Kaing Guek Eav [case materials; JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch." The court [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian Federal Court of Appeal [official website] has ruled that a Federal Court [official website] decision calling for the government to protect the rights of Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] while in US custody overstepped judicial boundaries. Chief Justice Pierre Blais criticized the lower court ruling [read more]

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