Legal news from Friday, January 21, 2011

[JURIST] The appellate division of the War Crimes Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] on Friday sentenced [press release] Sefik Alic, a Muslim commander, to 10 years in prison, overturning his 2008 acquittal. The prosecutor appealed the original verdict on the grounds that the lower court "erroneously and … [read more]

[JURIST] A Paris criminal court on Friday convicted former Vivendi SA [corporate website] chairman and CEO Jean-Marie Messier of misleading investors during his tenure at the helm of the French entertainment giant. Canadian Edgar Bronfman Jr., former vice-chairman of Vivendi and current Warner Music Group chairman and CEO, was convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Friday denied a request [opinion, PDF] to throw out the conviction of former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Khalfan Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive]. In his ruling, Judge Lewis … [read more]

[JURIST] Nine former ethnic Albanian guerrillas have been sentenced to a total of 101 years in prison [Reuters report] for killings committed after the Kosovo war [JURIST news archive] ended. Belgrade's War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Senior Court said [press release, PDF] that the 1999 killings of 32 … [read more]

[JURIST] A British court on Friday approved the extradition of alleged al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] operative Abid Naseer to the US, where he will stand trial on several charges of terrorism [DOJ press release], including providing material support to terrorists. In July, Naseer was one of five men indicted … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday called on the Mexican government to investigate possible complicity [press release] by government officials in the mid-December abduction of 40 Central American migrants. While details are somewhat unclear, the UN believes that Mexican officials stopped a freight … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of independent UN human rights experts will investigate the 2009 prison death [JURIST report] of Moscow lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, his former colleague William Browder announced Thursday. Magnitsky was arrested after implicating Russian police [WP report] in a multimillion-dollar embezzlement scandal, while working as outside counsel for the … [read more]

[JURIST] Verizon [corporate website] on Thursday filed an appeal [text, PDF; press release] in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] challenging new net neutrality [JURIST news archive] rules that will allow the government to regulate Internet traffic. The company is challenging the regulations, … [read more]

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