Legal news from Tuesday, September 14, 2010
16:09 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French; press release] Tuesday that Turkey failed to protect the life of well-known Turkish-Armenian writer and journalist Hrant Dink [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], failed to adequately investigate his murder and infringed on his right of freedom [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] on Tuesday voted 246 to 1 [press release, in French] to approve a bill [materials, in French] that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] or other full face veils in public. Under the legislation, women who [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] filed a motion Monday in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] asking the judge to throw out the sole conviction returned by the jury during his corruption trial last month. Blagojevich was found [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former president of Malawi Bakili Muluzi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of corruption and theft in the Malawi High Court [Britannica backgrounder]. Muluzi, who stepped down as president in 2004 following two five-year terms in office, is accused [Nyasa Times report] of 12 [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] A report presented Tuesday by the UN Working Group on the Use of Mercenaries [official website] urges the US to increase regulation of military contractors [text, PDF] employed worldwide, citing alleged human rights abuses and the contractors' lack of transparency and accountability. The UN Working Group met with US [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Polish prime minister Leszek Miller on Tuesday denied any knowledge of a secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland. Miller's denial came after a former CIA agent confirmed that the agency tortured [Spiegel report] alleged USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile] in 2002 at a [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship Viviane Reding [official profile] on Tuesday threatened legal action [press release] against France for its deportation of Roma [JURIST news archive], calling the initiative "a disgrace." Reding's statement, which came one day after French media leaked [Le Canard Social report, [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of attempting to set off an explosive device on a flight last December, fired his lawyer on Monday and inquired about the process for pleading guilty. Abdulmutallab indicated to the US District Court for the Eastern District of [read more]

07:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Monday opened the fifteenth session of the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] by addressing human rights violations [statement] in countries including the US, France, China and Russia. Pillay began her remarks by noting the current condition [read more]

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