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Legal news from Monday, April 18, 2011

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website, JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in Tapia v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF] to determine whether a district court may impose a longer prison sentence on a defendant to promote rehabilitation. The US Court of … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN panel of experts on Sri Lanka [backgrounder] has found credible allegations of war crimes committed during the country's war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive], according to excerpts of a report disclosed Monday. The special panel, appointed by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Monday charged General Eugenio Vides Casanova, former defense minister of El Salvador, for human rights crimes committed during El Salvador's 12-year civil war [PBS backgrounder] while he served as the country's top military officer. The US is also seeking to deport [La Pagina report, in … [read more]

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Hungary [official website, in Hungarian] approved [statement, in Hungarian] a new constitution [draft, in Hungarian] on Monday by a margin of 262-44 and one abstention. Members of the country's socialist party (MSZP) [official website, in Hungarian] and green liberal political party (LMP) boycotted the vote … [read more]

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for six Kenyan leaders charged [materials] in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] with inciting violence after the December 2007 Kenyan elections [JURIST news archive] called for the timely release of evidence against their clients on Monday. The prosecution wishes to partially redact [Daily Nation] portions … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in a Guantanamo detainee case [JURIST news archive] but granted certiorari in a case involving deportation. Monday marked the second time the case of Kiyemba v. Obama [docket; CCR backgrounder], involving Chinese Muslim … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian court in Milan on Monday acquitted four banks charged with failing to have adequate steps to prevent the 2003 Parmalat SpA [corporate website; JURIST news archive] dairy empire crash. Parmalat collapsed under 14 billion euros in debt and is the largest corporate collapse in Europe. Citigroup, Deutsche … [read more]

[JURIST] Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye [JURIST news archive] was arrested Monday in connection with protests against increasing food and fuel costs. Bloomberg reports Besigye was detained during the protest [Bloomberg report], while Al Jazeera reports Besigye was arrested on his way to the protest [Al Jazeera report]. Besigye has … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutors charged former prime minister Ahmed Nazif, former finance minister Yousef Boutros and former interior minister Habib el Adly with corruption on Sunday. The charges stem from allegations that the three former officials, all of which served under former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news … [read more]

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