Legal news from Wednesday, August 11, 2010
18:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Sri Lankan government-backed commission investigating the events surrounding the island nation's civil war [JURIST news archive] opened [press release] its first public hearings on Wednesday. The Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), appointed [press release] in May by Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official profile], has been criticized [read more]

16:08 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian authorities on Wednesday charged well-known radical Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir with aiding an al Qaeda [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] linked terrorist cell. Bashir, who was arrested Monday [Kompas report, in Indonesian] is accused of operating a terrorist training camp in the mountains of the northwestern province [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei Prosecutors Office [official website] on Wednesday raided the homes of several current and former High Court judges suspected of accepting bribes in exchange for reduced sentencing, and arrested five more suspects in the case. Three judges were arrested [JURIST report] last month on corruption charges. The three [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday called for the submission [press release] of any evidence related to the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. The statement released by the STL Office of the Prosecutor invites "anyone [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Maldives [BBC backgrounder] was seated Tuesday [press release] after the parliament passed stalled legislation making the body permanent. The legislation, the Act on Judges, was passed by the People's Majlis [official website, in Dhivehi] and makes the country's interim Supreme Court [official website, in [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Chamber IV of the Supreme Court of Costa Rica [official website, in Spanish] ruled 5-2 Tuesday to disallow a nationwide referendum on whether to recognize same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The referendum was to be on the ballot during the December municipal elections after qualifying for the ballot [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Thailand [GlobaLex backgrounder] ruled 103-4 Wednesday to deny an appeal by former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] contesting the seizure of his assets. Thaksin filed the appeal in March after the Constitutional Court ordered that 46.4 billion baht (USD $1.4 billion) [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Mexico [official website, in Spanish] ruled 9-2 Tuesday that same-sex marriages [JURIST news archive] performed in Mexico City must be recognized nationwide. The court found that although Mexico's 31 states are not required to allow same-sex marriages to be performed in their jurisdictions, they must [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] The American Bar Association (ABA) [organization website] on Tuesday adopted a resolution [text] calling on state and local governments to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive]. The resolution was adopted at the ABA annual meeting [executive summary, PDF] held in San Francisco over the past week. The resolution was [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation [official website] on Tuesday selected [order, PDF] US district judge Carl Barbier to hear more than 300 lawsuits filed against British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] in connection with the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in the Gulf of [read more]

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