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Legal news from Tuesday, June 19, 2012

[JURIST] A former candidate in Egypt's presidential election and several non-government organizations filed a lawsuit on Tuesday challenging Egypt's interim constitution, which was put in place by the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces (SCAF) [NYT backgrounder]. SCAF amended the constitution on Monday, adding a provision which will transfer power … [read more]

[JURIST] The War Crimes Chamber of the Belgrade District Court on Tuesday sentenced four former police officers for crimes committed during the Serbo-Croatian War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in which around 20,000 people lost their lives. The four paramilitaries have been accused of killing [B92 report] at least six non-Serb civilians in … [read more]

[JURIST] The Fair Elections Legal Network [advocacy website] and three other rights groups on Tuesday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] on behalf of several Florida citizens and organizations challenging the state's purging of voter rolls. The suit is the third lawsuit filed against Florida seeking to end the … [read more]

[JURIST] Two leaders of the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] on Monday sent a letter [text, PDF; press release] to Chief Justice Roberts of the Supreme Court [official website] asking that the court consider televising a live broadcast of its decision regarding the constitutionality of the Patient Protection and … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] the former captain at the Butare military academy, Ecole des Sous-Officiers, to life imprisonment for genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes for violence perpetrated in Butare prefecture. After 54 trial days of evidence, testimonies … [read more]

[JURIST] Eastman Kodak filed a lawsuit on Monday alleging that Apple [corporate websites] is illegally using its patented technology. The complaint alleges that Apple erroneously maintains ownership of technology developed when the two companies worked together in the early 1990s. Kodak is suing to prevent further use of the technology … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] expressed concern [press release] on Tuesday about the safety of the civilians in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The armed conflict between the government and the M23 movement, … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary, or Arbitrary Executions [official profile] published a report [text, PDF], released Tuesday, asking the US to clarify its policy of targeted killing of terrorism suspects through raids and unmanned drone strikes. Christof Heyns noted that the US government has failed in the … [read more]

[JURIST] A special military court in Dhaka on Monday convicted 611 of the 621 accused in the 13th Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) [official website] Battalion for their participation in the February 2009 mutiny [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Only 10 soldiers were acquitted while the remaining soldiers were sentenced to prison … [read more]

[JURIST] The Polish Institute of National Remembrance (INR) [official website], the body charged with investigating Nazi and communist-era crimes, on Tuesday began its investigation [JTA report] into crimes committed against Jewish women in a small northeastern Polish town during World War II. It was alleged that in 1941, Jewish women … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union [advocacy website] on Tuesday released a report [text, PDF; press release] alleging widespread abuses by the Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) [official website, in Spanish]. The report documents numerous instances excessive force, sometimes deadly, to suppress speech, subdue protesters, and target ethnic and racial … [read more]

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Germany [official website, in German] on Tuesday ruled [text, in German] that the Bundestag [official website, in German], the national parliament, has the right to be heard on the European financial crisis. In the case initiated by the Green party [party website, in German], the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cyprus government's practice of detaining all illegal migrants seeking asylum in the island nation violates international law, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] reported [text, PDF; press release] Tuesday. AI claims that Cyprus systematically detains migrants without exploring alternative methods of dealing with the individuals, in violation of European … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Tuesday disqualified [order, PDF] Pakistani Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from being a member of Parliament since his April contempt conviction [JURIST report]. Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [JURIST news archive] also announced that Gilani ceased … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will appeal his conviction and 50-year sentence for war crimes committed during the civil war in Sierra Leone [JURIST news archive], his lawyers notified the court on Monday. In a brief filing with the Special Court for Sierra Leone … [read more]

[JURIST] An Illinois man on Monday filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Central District of Illinois [official website] against Bureau County alleging that prison officials in the county denied him necessary HIV medication during his weeklong incarceration. Plaintiff Arick Buckles alleges in his complaint … [read more]

[JURIST] The first legal complaint against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was filed on Monday for his alleged involvement in the French sale of submarines to Pakistan in the 1990s. Olivier Morice, the lawyer acting for the victims of a 2002 bombing in Karachi, filed … [read more]

[JURIST] A New York native and terror suspect pleaded guilty [press release] Monday to charges of providing material support [18 USC § 2339B materials], including money and computer assistance, to al Qaeda [JURIST news archive]. Wesam El-Hanafi plead guilty before Judge Kimba Wood of the US District Court for the … [read more]

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