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Legal news from Thursday, September 15, 2011

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Thursday called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to correct an imbalance in its investigations and prosecutions of war crimes and human rights violations. In a 50-page publication titled "Unfinished Business" [report, text; press release], HRW assessed the choice of … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan [official website] ruled [case materials] Thursday that statements made by Nigerian national Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] while in the hospital following his alleged attempt to detonate a bomb on Northwest Airlines Flight … [read more]

[JURIST] Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak [official profile] announced on Thursday that the government would repeal two strict security laws that had allowed extended detention of suspects without trial, as well as review other laws dealing with freedom of the press. The government will abolish the Internal Security Act (ISA) … [read more]

[JURIST] Tunisia announced its intention Wednesday to plead for the return of its remaining citizens being held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. A Justice Ministry representative, speaking at an awareness conference in Tunis, called for the repatriation [AP report] of the five Tunisian detainees still being … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Wednesday extended the terms for prosecutors from the International Criminal Tribunals for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and Rwanda (ICTR) [official websites] until December 31, 2014. In unanimously adopting resolutions 2006 and 2007 [press releases], the Security Council extended the terms of prosecutors … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal of Paris [official website, in French] on Wednesday affirmed the acquittal [press release, in French] of former prime minister Dominique de Villepin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for allegedly taking part in a smear campaign known as the Clearstream Affair [BBC backgrounder]. Villepin was charged … [read more]

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