Legal news from Tuesday, March 13, 2012

[JURIST] A Philippines court on Tuesday issued an arrest order for the husband of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Jose Miguel Arroyo, on bribery charges. He was accused of accepting bribes to support the $329-million national broadband network deal with the Chinese company ZTE Corporation [corporate … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on torture Juan Mendez [official website] last week formally accused [text, PDF] the US government of cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment towards Pfc. Bradly Manning [advocacy website; JURIST news archive], the US soldier held in solitary confinement for nearly a year based on his alleged … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Tuesday upheld a lower court decision [judgment text] that a UK subsidiary of Bank Melli Iran (BMI) [corporate website, in Persian] can be included in a list of entities engaged in nuclear proliferation. A 2007 UN Security Council Resolution [Resolution … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel in Guatemala on Monday sentenced a former military official to 6,060 years in prison for his role in a 1982 massacre in which 201 people were killed. The judges sentenced Pedro Pimentel Rios, a former special forces solider whom the US extradited last July, to 30 … [read more]

[JURIST] Paulo Pinheiro, chairperson of the UN-appointed Independent International Commission of Inquiry on Syria, on Monday told [press release] the UN Human Right Council [official website] in Geneva that the number of people suffering from the intensified violence in Syria is increasing. During the interactive dialogue in Geneva, an updated … [read more]

[JURIST] An independent UN human rights expert on Monday called on the government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] to ensure that human rights are protected [text, PDF]. Tomas Ojea Quintana, the UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, presented his report in front of the UN … [read more]

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta [official website] indicated on Tuesday that a US soldier accused of shooting and killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges. The identity of the US sergeant accused of the shootings has not been released, but … [read more]

[JURIST] Sri Lanka is employing "unlawful detentions" against many of its citizens, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported Tuesday. The report [text, PDF] claims that detainees are subject to torture and even extrajudicial executions, often under laws designed to combat terrorism. AI claims that little has changed since the end … [read more]

[JURIST] An Istanbul court on Monday ordered four Turkish journalists to be released from prison while they wait for their trial to resume. Journalists Ahmet Sik, Nedim Sener, Coskun Musluk and Sait Cakir were released [Hurriyet Daily News report], although nine other journalists remain in prison. The journalists were arrested … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ), the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) [official websites] and 49 state attorneys general on Monday filed in federal court a proposed $25 billion settlement agreement [official website] with the nation's five largest mortgage servicers to address mortgage loan servicing and foreclosure … [read more]

[JURIST] Lessons can be learned from the successes and failures of the Prosecutor's Office of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) [official website] and its prosecution of war crimes, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text; press release] published Monday. Spotlighting the Special Department for War Crimes (SDWC) … [read more]

[JURIST] A Dane County Circuit Court [official website] judge Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Wisconsin Act 23 [text, PDF] is unconstitutional, after a different judge issued a temporary injunction [JURIST report] last week. Act 23 modified current voting laws by requiring a photo ID at the polls and a 28-day … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Human Rights expert Ahmed Shaheed said Monday that he is concerned about the human rights violations occurring in Iran [report, PDF]. While speaking to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, Shaheed also stated that his concerns have increased because he has repeatedly requested to visit the country, … [read more]

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