Legal news from Friday, October 29, 2010
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Guatemalan judge on Thursday sentenced former National Police (NP) officers Hector Roderico Ramirez Rios and Abraham Lancerio Gomez to 40 years in prison for the 1984 forced disappearance of Fernando Garcia, based on evidence found in an abandoned NP archive discovered in 2005 [ReVista article]. In February, Garcia, [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Special Representative for Sexual Violence in Conflict Margot Wallstrom [official profile] on Thursday condemned alleged gang rapes of at least 30 Congolese women who were being deported from neighboring Angola [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and called for both countries to investigate. A UN official indicated that the [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A coalition of 37 public interest groups, led by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and the Alliance for Justice [official websites], sent a letter [text, PDF] to the Senate Thursday urging it to pass legislation [S 446 text, PDF] that would [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Friday upheld two of four convictions [opinion, PDF; oral argument, MP3] of Canadian-born media mogul Conrad Black [CBC profile; JURIST news archive], one for fraud and one for obstruction of justice. The court held that the other [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] Journalists in Iraqi Kurdistan who criticize the government are facing increased intimidation, violence and lawsuits [press release], Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported Friday. HRW criticized the secret investigation into the May killing of journalist Saradasht Osman, who had written articles criticizing the Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP) [party [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A spokesperson for China's Municipal Higher People's Court on Friday criticized [Xinhua report] those responsible for granting the Nobel Peace Prize to dissident Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Liu, who was awarded the 2010 Peace Prize [JURIST report], is currently serving an 11-year sentence for subversion of [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Myanmar Supreme Court on Friday heard the final appeal filed by pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] challenging the extension of her house arrest. The hearing comes two weeks before Suu Kyi's house arrest is scheduled to end [JURIST report], but her lawyers [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] President of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Judge Sang-Hyun Song [official profile], called Thursday on the international community to redouble its efforts to arrest [press release] eight suspects sought for alleged war crimes, crimes against humanity or genocide. Of the eight individuals with outstanding arrest warrants are [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan Cabinet [official website] on Thursday authorized [press release] a 3.5 billion shilling expenditure to finance the transition to the country's new constitution. The funds, roughly USD $43 million [Reuters report], are intended to facilitate implementation of the revised charter by the close of the current fiscal year. [read more]

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