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Legal news from Tuesday, April 12, 2011

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] announced [press release] on Tuesday the appointment of three "high-level experts" to lead the Commission of Inquiry charged with investigating allegations of human rights abuses in the Ivory Coast following elections. The appointments include Vitit Muntabhorn, a professor of law at … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile] was hospitalized Tuesday before he was scheduled to appear before Egypt's public prosecutor for questioning about his alleged roles in protester deaths and embezzlement of government money. The chief prosecutor on Sunday summoned [Al Jazeera report] Mubarak for questioning, along with … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday pointed to the executions of opposition fighters as the most recent evidence that forces supporting Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] continue to commit war crimes. Researchers from AI were shown the bodies of two individuals whose hands and … [read more]

[JURIST] Iraqi authorities must end attacks on peaceful protesters [press release], according to a Tuesday report from Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report, "Days of Rage: Protests and Repression in Iraq" [text, PDF], asserts that Iraqi and Kurdistan authorities have shot and killed demonstrators and have detained and tortured … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian military court convicted blogger Maikel Nabil and sentenced him to three years in prison Monday for criticizing the army and raising questions over reform in the wake of revolution, according to reports from Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The 25-year-old blogger and activist was arrested [HRW … [read more]

[JURIST] Ivory Coast opposition leader Alassane Ouattara announced in a televised speech Monday that he will ask his justice minister to begin legal proceedings against former president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profiles]. Ouattara guaranteed the security of Gbagbo and his family but stated that Gbagbo, his wife Simone and their collaborators … [read more]

[JURIST] The Philippine anti-graft court, the Sandiganbayan [official website], said Monday that it ordered Imelda Marcos, wife of deceased Philippine ex-dictator Ferdinand Marcos [JURIST news archive], to return USD $280,000 in state funds stolen by her husband. The money was stolen from the National Food Authority, a government agency responsible … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [text] Tuesday that Syrian security forces have stopped medical personnel, sometimes violently, from attending to injured protesters. A spokesperson for the group called the practice "both inhumane and illegal." According to the report, at least 28 protesters died Friday in protests spread … [read more]

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