Legal news from Monday, February 14, 2011
15:02 EDT

[JURIST] Hungarian prosecutors on Monday charged long-time Nazi suspect, Sandor Kepiro, with war crimes committed during the 1942 Novi Sad massacre in Serbia. Kepiro was convicted both in 1944 and 1946 and sentenced to 10 years for involvement in the raids. He was, however, released, and promptly fled to Argentina. [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Iranian government will set up a special court to try media and culture crimes, state news agency IRNA [official website, in Persian] reported Sunday. The judiciary has set up a special prosecutors office [AP report] to handle alleged offenses committed in media and cultural platforms. Both the court [read more]

15:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Monday indicted police guard Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, accused of assassinating liberal politician and governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salman Taseer for opposing the nation's blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. Qadri reportedly told the court that he did not murder anyone intentionally [AFP report] [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Five Japanese citizens filed suit in the Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] on Monday challenging the constitutionality of a civil law that forces married couples to choose a single surname. The plaintiffs claim that Article 750 of the Japan Civil Code, requiring a husband and wife to [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Hawaii House of Representatives [official website] on Friday voted 31-19 to pass a bill [SB 232 text,] that would recognize same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive]. The bill will now advance to the state Senate [AP report] for a vote before reaching the desk of Hawaii's new democratic [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci said Monday the government will end the 19-year-old state of emergency laws amidst growing protests in Algeria and the ongoing protests in Tunisia and Egypt. Medelci told French radio station Europe 1 that the state of emergency will end in a few days [Al [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Russian Judge Viktor Danilkin, who convicted [JURIST report] former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website profile; JURIST news archive] of money-laundering and embezzlement in December, did not write the verdict and was coerced into reading it [interview text, in Russian], Danilkin's assistant said Monday. Natalya Vasilyeva made the [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Indonesian Muslim cleric Abu Bakar Bashir [CFR profile] began Monday in the District Court of South Jakarta. Bashir is charged with operating a terrorist training camp [Jakarta Globe report] in the mountains of the northwestern province of Aceh to prepare Islamic radicals to carry out attacks [read more]

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