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Legal news from Friday, August 3, 2012

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of the Nation's Capitol (ACLU) [advocacy website; press release] filed suit [complaint, PDF] in federal court on Thursday arguing that a provision of a new law designed to stop insider trading by members of Congress and federal employees violates these employees' privacy and freedom … [read more]

[JURIST] Former president of Mongolia [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Nambar Enkhbayar was convicted Wednesday on graft charges and sentenced to four years in prison. The Sukhbaatar district court also ordered the confiscation [Bloomberg report] of more than 30 million tugriks (USD $22,206) of Enkhbayar's property. Enkhbayar, who maintains his … [read more]

[JURIST] The Pre-Trial Chamber I of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday postponed [decision, PDF] the confirmation of charges hearing in the case [case materials] against former Ivory Coast president Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] until the issue of his fitness to stand trial is … [read more]

[JURIST] Two independent UN human rights experts noted Roma Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday by calling on the international community to find solutions to the persistent exclusion of Roma denizens from larger society in all countries. "Pharrajimos" is observed each August 2 [UN News Centre report] in remembrance of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday expressed concern [press briefing] about draft legislation that would criminalize homosexual behavior in Liberia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The bill provides for fines and imprisonment for up to five years for "seduc[ing], encourag[ing], … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly [official website] passed a resolution [press release] on Friday criticizing the Syrian government for increasing its use of heavy weapons and calling on both sides of the conflict to stop fighting. The non-binding resolution, which passed by a vote of 133-12, also chastised the UN … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday urged [press briefing] Sudan [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to initiate an investigation into allegations of excessive force by government security forces against protesters in Darfur Tuesday resulting in eight deaths and more than … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed an amicus brief [text] on Thursday with the California Supreme Court [official website] arguing that undocumented immigrants should not be able to practice law in the US even if they passed a state bar exam. California's high court sought the … [read more]

[JURIST] A cousin of former Bosnian Serb Army commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY backgrounder; JURIST news archive] has admitted that he hid the accused war criminal in his house for five years, according to a local news agency. Branislav Mladic stated [Vecernji Novosti, report in Serbian] that he nursed his cousin … [read more]

[JURIST] The Colombia Ministry of Justice [official website] on Friday announced a new initiative to solve the problem of overcrowding in the nation's prisons. INPEC [official website, in Spanish], Colombia's prison institute, has begun the transfer of 800 inmates [Columbia Reports report] from "La Modelo" prisons in Bogota and Cali … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal court in Brazil on Wednesday ordered Chevron and drilling company Transocean [corporate websites] to suspend all oil drilling in Brazil within 30 days in the wake of two oil spills off the coast of Rio de Janeiro. A judge for Brazil's Regional Federal Court of the Second … [read more]

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Thursday rejected a US extradition request for Hezbollah [JURIST news archive] commander Ali Mussa Daqduq. The court also ruled that Daqduq should be released immediately [WP report] from his house arrest. In May an Iraqi court had cleared [JURIST report] all charges against Daqduq. The … [read more]

[JURIST] Slovakian authorities on Thursday announced that they have filed new charges against a 97-year-old Hungarian man arrested in Budapest last month on allegations of abusing and helping deport thousands of Jews during the Holocaust. The charges concern facilitating the deportation of Jews to Germany, and the case in Slovakia … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Friday nullified the Contempt of Court Bill 2012 which was passed to shield the country's new prime minister from contempt charges. The bill was passed by the upper and lower houses of the national parliament and signed [JURIST reports] by President … [read more]

[JURIST] A trial court in Minnesota ruled on Wednesday that the state's Defense of Marriage Act [text] does not prohibit partners in same-sex couples from inheriting each other's assets. A judge for the Hennepin County District Court [official website] declared [Minneapolis Star Tribune report] that while the Defense of Marriage … [read more]

[JURIST] The Egyptian government announced Thursday that it has requested the release of the last of its citizens currently being held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detention facility. Egyptian Tarek al-Sawah, 54, has been held at Guantanamo for 11 years [AP report] without charges or trial. Egyptian Foreign Minister … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Cuban government on Thursday to stop harassing and detaining political and human rights activists. AI's call for an end to harassment by Cuban authorities came in the wake of Cuba releasing prominent political activist Jose Daniel Ferrer Garcia on Wednesday … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn [official website] on Tuesday proposed legislation to ban assault weapons in the state. Quinn exercised his amendatory veto power [AP report] under Article IV, Section IX of the Illinois Constitution [text] on a bill [SB 0681 materials] regulating ammunition to add language banning AK-47's, AR-15's … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Thursday reiterated their condemnation [press release] of a group of renegade soldiers attempting to destabilize the Eastern region of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) known as the 23 March Movement (M23). In addition, the Security Council called on all foreign … [read more]

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