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Legal news from Thursday, December 16, 2010

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text] Thursday that Ireland failed to provide "effective and accessible procedures" to allow a Lithuanian women to assert her constitutional right to a lawful abortion [JURIST news archive]. Ireland has some of the most conservative abortion laws in … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah on Thursday asked Polish prosecutors to investigate claims that he was abused in a secret CIA prison [JURIST news archives] in the country. Zubaydah, a top al Qaeda suspect, alleges that he was transferred to Poland and subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques. … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday sentenced former Guyana parliament member Abdul Kadir to life in prison [FBI press release] for plotting to blow up John F Kennedy International Airport [official website]. Kadir and coconspirator Russell Defreitas, … [read more]

[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, was arraigned Thursday in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website; case materials] on two new federal charges. A federal … [read more]

[JURIST] The Inter-American Court of Human Rights [official website, in Spanish] has ruled [judgment, PDF, in Portuguese; press release, PDF, in Spanish] that a 1979 Brazilian amnesty law [text, PDF, in Portuguese] is invalid and that Brazil is responsible for the disappearance of 61 people during its 1964-1985 military dictatorship. … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday voted to remove sanctions [news release] imposed on Iraq between 1991 and 2003 during the country's wars under former Iraqi dictator Suddam Hussein [JURIST news archive]. The Security Council approved three resolutions [fact sheet, PDF] that eliminated the Development Fund for … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the convictions of 23 former CIA agents for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition [JURIST news archive] of Egyptian terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr, increasing their sentences. Former Milan CIA station chief Robert Seldon Lady was originally sentenced [JURIST report] to eight … [read more]

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