Legal news from Monday, April 11, 2011

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Monday upheld [opinion, PDF] a lower court decision to enjoin several provisions of Arizona's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive]. In July, the US District Court for the District of Arizona [official website] granted … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahraini authorities said Monday that the head of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [advocacy website, in Arabic] will face questioning by a military prosecutor over allegations that he tampered with photos of a detainee who died in custody. Nabeel Rajab posted a link on his twitter account to … [read more]

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; JURIST news archive] attended a hearing in Milan on Monday to defend himself against charges of tax fraud. After just two-and-a-half hours, Berlusconi left the trial [AP report] saying the prosecution had no case against him and that the hearing … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] asserted Monday that indiscriminate government attacks on Libyan civilians violate international humanitarian law [press release]. The attacks, led by forces supporting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] have claimed more than 250 civilian lives within the last month in the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] on Monday issued an indictment [text, PDF, in Spanish] against National Court judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his order to place illegal wiretaps in jailhouses for the purpose of recording conversations between inmates and their lawyers. Garzon's … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] unanimously approved [video] a resolution [1976 (2011) text] Monday to consider creating new laws, courts and prisons specialized to address the growing problem of piracy [JURIST news archive] off the coast of Somalia. The resolution, sponsored by Russia, calls for the creation of … [read more]

[JURIST] French special forces Monday aided in the capture of the Ivory Coast leader Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] in the city of Abidjan. Gbagbo surrendered after French tanks moved in on his residence [BBC report] while it was surrounded by opposition leader Alassane Ouattara's forces. Gbagbo has refused to leave … [read more]

[JURIST] The controversial French law [materials, in French] that bans the wearing of full Muslim veils, including burqas, nigabs and other facial coverings in public took effect [implementation circular, in French] on Monday. Pursuant to the law, people caught wearing facial coverings in public can be fined 150 euros (USD … [read more]

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