Legal news from Wednesday, June 1, 2011

[JURIST] A trial date for former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] was set on Wednesday for August 3 at the Cairo Criminal Court [MENA report]. Mubarak, his two sons and possibly his wife will go on trial for charges released last week [JURIST report], including … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] prosecutor Serge Brammertz [official profile] said [transcript, PDF] Wednesday that Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] will appear before the tribunal Friday to face allegations of war crimes during the Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. Serbian authorities … [read more]

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] Wednesday testified [text, PDF] before the US Sentencing Commission (USSC) [official website] calling for the retroactive application of a new law bringing the sentences for crack cocaine more in line for those of powder cocaine. The USSC is considering retroactively applying the … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] Tuesday approved a settlement agreement [text, PDF] in a privacy lawsuit against Google [corporate website] over its Buzz [website] social networking application, awarding damages to privacy groups previously left out of the original proposed … [read more]

[JURIST] Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian] voted on Wednesday to take President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to court for "illegally" declaring himself oil minister. Last month, Ahmadinejad fired minister of oil Masoud Mirkazemi in an effort to streamline his cabinets and took control of the ministry … [read more]

[JURIST] Bahrain on Wednesday lifted its emergency laws imposed in mid-March that allowed for a crackdown against journalists and opposition leaders. The move may be a sign that the uprising in Bahrain is winding down. Despite the lifting of the emergency laws, Bahrain filed charges [CNN report] against four opposition … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan Attorney General Amos Wako said Tuesday that his country would appeal a refusal by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to transfer two cases stemming from post-election violence to Kenyan courts. The ICC announced [press release] Monday that they were denying [decision, PDF] Kenya's request for the … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] granted amnesty to political prisoners Tuesday including all members of the previously banned Muslim Brotherhood (MB) [party website; JURIST news archive], according to a presidential decree [text] published in Syrian state media. The move is seen as an attempt by Assad to … [read more]

[JURIST] Spain's National Court on Monday indicted 20 Salvadorans for their roles in the killings of eight people in November 1989. The group is composed of ex-military officials and even a former defense minister. A notorious episode of El Salvador's 12-year civil war [PBS backgrounder], the "Jesuit Massacre" saw six … [read more]

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Security Service on Tuesday arrested the suspected shooter in the widely publicized 2006 murder [JURIST report] of famed journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Rustam Makhmudov was arrested [CNN report] at his parents' home in Chechnya almost five years after the killing as two of … [read more]

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