Legal news from Tuesday, October 26, 2010
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website; press release] and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website; press release] on Tuesday condemned violence by Guinea's security forces in response to recent opposition demonstrations. Rising tensions amid allegations of fraud and repeated delays leading up to the run-off presidential election erupted in violence [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] requested [text, PDF] Monday that Kenya arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] when he visits the country later this week. Al-Bashir faces seven counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity as well as three charges of genocide [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Republic of Azerbaijan must free its imprisoned journalists and repeal its criminal defamation laws [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text] released Tuesday. In its 94-page report, entitled "Beaten, Blacklisted, and Behind Bars: The Vanishing Space for Freedom of Expression in Azerbaijan," [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A group of Spanish police officers went on trial Tuesday for the alleged torture of two ETA activists [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in Basque. The alleged victims, Igor Portu and Mattin Sarasola, were convicted and sentenced to 1,040 years in prison [JURIST report] after an airport bombing in [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The California Supreme Court [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] the dismissal of 18 criminal cases in Riverside County because there were not enough judges available to hear the cases. The Superior Court of Riverside County, a California state trial court, has been heavily burdened [RCBRTF report, PDF] [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] Somalia was once again ranked the most corrupt country by Transparency International (TI) [advocacy website] in its 2010 Corruption Perception Index (CPI) [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday. The CPI measures the abuse of entrusted power for private gain in both the public and private spheres. Countries are ranked [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Supreme Court [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Tuesday that Scottish police can no longer question a suspect in custody without the presence of a lawyer. The court found that the previous law, which permitted interrogation of suspects without a lawyer for up to six hours, violated the [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was sentenced to death Tuesday by the Iraqi High Criminal Court [ICRC backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive]. The court sentenced Aziz to death by hanging [Al Jazeera report] [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] denied a request [opinion, PDF] Monday for documents regarding the detention and treatment of prisoners being held at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan. Judge Barbara Jones granted summary judgment for the [read more]

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