Legal news from Friday, August 19, 2011
12:08 EDT

[JURIST] The New South Wales (NSW) [official website] government is set to propose legislation next week that will require anyone wearing face coverings, including religious veils, to remove them if requested by police for identification purposes. Refusal could result in a $220 AUD fine with the worst potential penalties at [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] announced Friday that it will investigate three additional bomb attacks [press release] that may be connected to the February 2005 attack that killed former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The STL has established jurisdiction over [read more]

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[JURIST] Former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile] and his wife Simone were arrested and charged on Thursday for a variety of economic crimes including looting, embezzlement and armed robbery. Most of Gbagbo's remaining supporters were arrested [JURIST report] earlier this month. Although Gbagbo's supporters have been actively sought [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged the UN Security Council to refer Syria to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official websites] to investigate the violent suppression of anti-government protests. Pillay's remarks came after the Fact-finding Mission in Syria published its 22-page report [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama announced [press release] major reforms [guidelines, PDF] to America's current immigration [JURIST news archive] system on Thursday, putting 300,000 illegal immigrants' cases up for review and temporarily halting their deportation. The new guidelines direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] to target for [read more]

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