Legal news from Tuesday, June 21, 2011
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [Al Jazeera profile] Tuesday granted amnesty for "crimes" committed before June 20 during the protests that began earlier this year, according to a decree [text] published in Syrian state media. Minister of Justice Judge Tayseer Qala Awwad said the decree pardons those serving sentences who [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Chilean appeals court on Monday ordered [judgment, DOC, in Spanish] the temporary suspension of a USD $10 billion hydroelectric dam project in Patagonia. HidroAysen [project website, in Spanish], a private Chilean venture, seeks to build five dams whose construction was approved [Santiago Times report] by the Chilean government [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama overrode the legal interpretations of the Department of Defense (DOD) and the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel [official websites] in maintaining the administration's position that US forces operating in Libya did not violate the 1973 War Powers Resolution [50 USC § 1541 et [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader on Monday dropped his appeal of a Zagreb extradition request, thereby compelling him to face corruption charges in Croatia. Sanader's lawyers said that the former prime minister dropped the appeal after media speculation suggesting the appeal process could tarnish Croatian accession [DW report] [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Wisconsin judge ruled [opinion, PDF] on Monday that the state's domestic partnership registry does not infringe on the constitutional ban on gay marriage. Plaintiff Wisconsin Family Action [advocacy website] challenged the Domestic Partnership Registry [Wisc. Stats. 770 text, PDF] as unconstitutional pursuant to the Marriage Amendment of Wisconsin's [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Three former Croatian police officers were arrested Monday in connection to alleged war crimes committed against ethnic Serb civilians during the Serbo-Croatian War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in 1991 and 1992. Most notable among the three is Djuro Brodarac, a former police chief in the town of Sisak southeast of the [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Tunisian president Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his wife were sentenced Monday by a Tunisian court after being found guilty in absentia on charges of theft and unlawful possession of money and jewelry. The two were sentenced to 35 years in prison [read more]

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