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Legal news from Thursday, October 20, 2011

[JURIST] The UK's top judge, Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales Lord Igor Judge [official profile], said on Wednesday that UK courts are not bound by decisions from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website]. Speaking before the Lords Constitution Committee [official website], Judge suggested that while … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyers for convicted Nazi guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive] filed a request in the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio [official website] for a hearing to determine whether the FBI failed to turn over evidence that could have assisted Demjanjuk's case. Demjanjuk was … [read more]

[JURIST] Iran's deputy ambassador to the UN, Eshagh al-Habib, on Thursday denied allegations in a recent UN report that human rights violations in Iran are on the rise [JURIST report]. Al-Habib criticized the report for being poorly sourced, non-neutral and simply untrue [Al Jazeera report]. The report cited an increase … [read more]

[JURIST] Libyan opposition forces on Thursday captured and killed former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] in his hometown of Sirte, Libyan Prime Minister Mahmoud Jibril [official profile] confirmed at a press conference. Military forces loyal to the newly formed government, the National Transitional Council (NTC) [website], took … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Wednesday requested that the Republic of Malawi explain why that country's authorities failed to arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [case materials; JURIST news archive] during his widely reported visit there for a trade summit last weekend. Pre-Trial Chamber I of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Citigroup Inc. [corporate website] on Wednesday announced a $285 million settlement to resolve charges [complaint, PDF; press release] brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] that a subsidiary of the global financial services firm defrauded investors who bought toxic housing-related debt during the housing crisis. Citigroup … [read more]

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