Legal news from Friday, October 14, 2011

[JURIST] The Security Service of Ukraine [official website] on Thursday brought new corruption charges [press release] against former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive], just days after she was sentenced [JURIST report] to seven years in prison on charges of abuse of power and corruption. Prosecutors allege … [read more]

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website, in Chinese] on Thursday sentenced [press release, in Chinese] former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile] to 18 years in prison after finding him guilty of financial fraud, overturning a lower court ruling. Members of Chen's family, including his wife, were also found … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday urged [statement] the international community to take steps to protect civilian lives in Syria, where more than 3,000 civilians have been killed since protests against the government began in March. Pillay stated that the Syrian government has … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Friday temporarily blocked [order, PDF] portions of a controversial Alabama immigration law [HB 56 text]. The ruling came in response to a motion filed last week [JURIST report] by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) and a … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food [official website], Olivier De Schutter [official profile], announced on Thursday that he supports a Mexican constitutional reform which recognizes the right to food [press release]. The reform targets articles 4 and 27 of the Mexican constitution [text, PDF]. Article 4 guarantees … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Thursday welcomed [statement] the release of approximately 200 political prisoners by Myanmar's president, while urging the government to release all political prisoners [UN News Centre report] in accordance with the rule of law. Ban Ki-moon also acknowledged the dialogue between the government … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged Malawi on Friday to arrest [press release] Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] during his visit to the country on Saturday and surrender him to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] for prosecution. Al-Bashir is expected to attend a … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy websites] on Wednesday urged the Canadian government to investigate [HRW press release] and arrest [AI press release] former US president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] for his role in torture, ahead of his travel to an economic summit in … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday sentenced [press release, PDF] former Galleon Group hedge fund executive Raj Rajaratnam [JURIST news archive] to 11 years in prison, fined him $10 million and ordered he forfeit an additional $53.8 … [read more]

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