Legal news from Friday, February 11, 2011
16:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Turkish government inquiry into the Israeli raid on a Gaza-bound flotilla [JURIST news archive] faulted Israeli soldiers Friday for violating international law. The panel's final report indicates at least two activists were killed before commandos boarded [AFP report] the Mavi Marmara, the largest ship in the flotilla. According [read more]

14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Chinese rights activist Chen Guangcheng [HRW backgrounder, JURIST news archive] and his wife have been "beaten senseless" by authorities, according to Friday reports from China Aid and Hong Kong-based Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) [advocacy websites]. Chen, who is blind, is currently under house arrest, and the beating [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Egyptian Supreme Council of the Armed Forces pledged [statement] Friday to lift the country's emergency laws [text, in Arabic; JURIST news archive], which have been in place for nearly 30 years, as soon as circumstances improve. The announcement came shortly before President Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile] resigned, [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judges for the Special Court of Sierra Leone (SCSL) [official website] on Friday indefinitely postponed closing arguments in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [case materials; JURIST news archive] in order to allow the defense to appeal a prior decision. The SCSL will allow Taylor to appeal [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Seven suspected Somali pirates appeared Friday in Malaysian court charged with firearms offenses and, if convicted, they could face the death penalty. Malaysia is the first Asian country to take formal legal action [AFP report] against suspect pirates. Under the Malaysian Firearms (Increased Penalties) Act of 1971 [text, PDF], [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Arizona Governor Jan Brewer (R) [official website] announced Thursday that she and state Attorney General Tom Horne [official profile] had filed a counterclaim [summary, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] against the US government in the lawsuit challenging the controversial Arizona immigration [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The UK House of Commons voted Thursday to reject a controversial European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official websites] ruling [JURIST report] and continue preventing prisoners from voting in British elections. Voting to extend the ban [UKPA report] by an overwhelming 212-vote majority, MPs have now forced British Prime [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday upheld [judgment text] challenged aspects of the Canada Evidence Act [materials], ruling that national security considerations take precedence over criminal convictions. The court affirmed the constitutionality of a provision that vests the Federal Court [official website] with, and removes from [read more]

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