Legal news from Wednesday, August 18, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Peruvian judge on Wednesday revoked the parole of Lori Berenson [advocacy website], a US citizen held since 1995 for collaboration with a Marxist rebel organization. Berenson was granted parole [JURIST report] in May after serving 14 years of her 20-year sentence with the judge citing good behavior, renunciation [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Colombian Constitutional Court [official website, in Spanish] announced [press release, in Spanish] Tuesday the suspension of a base agreement [text, PDF] between the US and Colombia, stating the agreement must receive congressional approval before it can legally take effect. The agreement, negotiated between the two countries during the [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladesh Ministry of Home Affairs [official website] announced Wednesday that it will release almost 1,000 prisoners in an effort to resolve the issue of overcrowding [JURIST news archive] throughout the nation's jails. Most Bangladeshi jails currently house three times their designed capacity. Women's facilities are the most affected [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] German federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that they have charged a former Rwandan mayor with genocide relating to his involvement in the 1994 Rwandan genocide [HRW backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. According to prosecutors, Onesphore Rwabukombe [Trial Watch profile] allegedly coordinated three massacres [AFP report] in which more than 3,700 Tutsis, [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Tuesday that foreign diplomatic missions are not required to pay property taxes on real property used for housing staff and not diplomatic purposes. The ruling overturned judgments against India and Mongolia, [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down a federal law [opinion, PDF] criminalizing the act of falsely claiming to have received a medal from the US military. Xavier Alvarez was convicted under the Stolen Valor Act [text] in 2007 after he [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday dismissed piracy charges [order, PDF] against six Somali men accused of involvement in the April attack on the USS Ashland in the Gulf of Aden. During the attack on the Ashland, the [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] was found guilty Tuesday of making false statements to the FBI, but the jury in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] was deadlocked on 23 additional charges. The jury deliberated for 14 days after the [read more]

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