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Legal news from Thursday, August 23, 2012

[JURIST] The Russian Justice Ministry [official website] announced Thursday that it has filed a formal request with the US government for a copy of the verdict of reputed Russian arms dealer Viktor Bout [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who in April was sentenced by the US District Court for the … [read more]

[JURIST] Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], the son of former Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, will face trial in September, according to Libyan prosecutors. Although the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] has issued a warrant for his arrest for crimes against humanity, the militiamen who captured Saif al-Islam are … [read more]

[JURIST] The African Union (AU) [official website, English] and the government of Senegal on Wednesday signed an agreement creating a special tribunal in Dakar to try 69-year-old ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre [JURIST news archive] for killing and torturing thousands of political opponents during his reign from 1982 to 1990. The … [read more]

[JURIST] South Korea's Constitutional Court [official website, in Korean] ruled on Thursday that the nation's 59-year-old ban on abortions is constitutional. The eight-judge panel was deadlocked 4-4 [AP report] in deciding whether to uphold the abortion ban, but six votes were needed to overturn it. South Korea banned abortions in … [read more]

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Missouri [official website] on Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a Missouri law that makes it a crime to disturb a worship service. The … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahraini appeals court on Thursday overturned a conviction of prominent human rights activist Nabeel Rajab [JURIST news archive]. Bahrain's government attributed the ruling [AP report] to "uncertainty regarding the evidence submitted to support the lawsuit." Rajab, president of the Bahrain Center for Human Rights [advocacy website], was arrested … [read more]

[JURIST] The South Korean Constitutional Court [official website] on Thursday nullified a 2007 regulation that required South Koreans to use their real names in Internet forums. Under the terms of the regulation online discussion participants had to pass a verification process in order to express their opinions on most websites. … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel of UN human rights experts on Tuesday urged Chile to make sure that people who have been convicted of enforced disappearances [AI backgrounder] serve their sentences [observations, in Spanish; press release]. The UN Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearances (WGEID) [official website] stated that while Chile … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged the government of Thailand [press release] on Thursday to order its army chief to stop obstructing investigations into political violence in 2010 arising from anti-government protests [JURIST news archive]. Last week the army chief, General Prayuth Chan-ocha, told the Thai Ministry of … [read more]

[JURIST] A gay rights group urged [cert. petition, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday to review a provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) [text; JURIST news archive] that denies benefits to married same-sex couples. The Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders (GLAD) [advocacy website] specifically … [read more]

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