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Legal news from Monday, August 8, 2011

[JURIST] Judges for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive] announced [press release] on Monday that they have "serious doubts" that the suspects being investigated by the court are those "most responsible" for the for alleged war crimes. The tribunal is responsible for … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Bangladeshi prime minister Khaleda Zia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and her son, Tarique Rahman [BBC profile], were charged with corruption Monday over alleged inappropriate donations. The Bangladesh Anti-Corruption Commission (ACC) [governing statute] brought the charges [AFP report] in connection with USD $1.05 million in donations to a … [read more]

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Monday issued arrest warrants for seven generals and admirals accused of creating anti-government websites in 2009. Among those wanted are General Nusret Tasdeler, head of the army's educational command, and General Ismail Pekin, the general staff's intelligence chief. The men are expected to voluntarily turn … [read more]

[JURIST] Human rights abuses continue to plague various regions of Iraq, the UN Assistance Mission for Iraq (UNAMI) and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official websites] concluded in a report [text, PDF] released Monday. The report, which analyzes the human rights situation in Iraq … [read more]

[JURIST] Ukrainian Judge Rodion Kireyev on Monday rejected a request from former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive] to release her from prison during her trial on charges of abuse of power. The announcement was made as thousands of supporters called for her release [Reuters report] outside … [read more]

[JURIST] Six South Carolina civil rights groups on Friday urged the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] to block the state from implementing a new law [R54 materials] that would require voters to present photo ID in order to cast their ballots. The coalition, including the American Civil Liberties … [read more]

[JURIST] Alabama lawmakers on Friday filed a response [text, PDF] to groups seeking a preliminary injunction against the controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text] that expands restrictions on undocumented immigrants. Attorneys for Alabama state officials, including Governor Robert Bentley [official website], argue that the state law is not preempted … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bahraini government on Sunday released two Shiite lawmakers from prison in an effort to comply with political reforms recently drawn up by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official website]. Jawad Fairooz and Matar Matar, who had been held in custody for two months [AP report], were arrested … [read more]

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