Legal news from Friday, August 20, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The EU General Court [official website] has issued a temporary injunction exempting Inuit hunters from Canada and Greenland from an EU ban on seal hunting that went into effect on Friday. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 [text, PDF] recognizes seals as "sentient beings that can experience pain, distress, fear and [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch National Prosecution Office [official website, in Dutch] announced Friday that it will open an investigation [press release, in Dutch] into whether Dutch peacekeeping soldiers should face criminal charges for their actions during the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive] in Bosnia. The inquiry was commenced after relatives [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals court in Thailand ruled Friday that accused Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile] can be extradited to the US to face charges [indictment, PDF] including conspiracy to kill US nationals and conspiracy to provide material support to a proscribe terrorist group. The court's decision overturned a [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge ruled Wednesday that former president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish] and two of his former ministers will stand trial on charges of embezzlement. Portillo, president of Guatemala from 2000-2004, is accused of diverting approximately USD $15 million in funds from the Ministry of Defense. The [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Alternatives-Cameroun [advocacy websites] on Thursday urged the government of Cameroon [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to decriminalize consensual sexual acts between adults of the same sex [press release]. Under Article 347 of the Cameroon Penal Code [DHS backgrounder], same-sex acts are subject to a [read more]

07:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that it has charged [order, PDF] the state of New Jersey with securities fraud for failing to disclose to municipal bond investors that it was underfunding two of the state's largest pension plans. Between August 2001 [read more]

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