Legal news from Monday, September 10, 2012

[JURIST] The Budapest Chief Prosecutor [official website, in Hungarian] on Monday announced charges against a near-91-year-old former communist interior minister for war crimes in connection with the killing of more than 50 civilians demonstrating against the Hungarian regime in 1956. Tibor Ibolya [AP backgrounder], the prosecutor, alleges [AP report] that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Arizona Supreme Court [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the married owners of a prospective tattoo parlor could bring suit against the City of Mesa for violating the couple's constitutionally protected rights to freedom of expression in denying their business a zoning permit. In order to open … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of State [official website] on Friday said that former Mexican president Ernesto Zedillo [official profile] should be immune [letter, PDF] from a Connecticut lawsuit [text, PDF] filed over the 1997 killings [AI backgrounder] of 45 people in a Mexican village. The plaintiffs, 10 unidentified men and … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Southern of Florida [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Friday that a suit against the Securities Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] over the agency's failure to report Allen Stanford [JURIST news archive] and his Ponzi scheme may proceed. The … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Monday addressed the world's most significant human rights issues [press release] as she opened the 21st session of the UN Human Rights Council [official website]. Pillay criticized Bahrain for its treatment of opposition figures [JURIST report] and its … [read more]

[JURIST] The head of the Council of Europe [official website; press release] on Monday advocated for free and fair parliamentary elections in Ukraine as he condemned the imprisonment of former prime minister and opposition party leader Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. Council Secretary-General Thorbjorn Jagland [official profile] had … [read more]

[JURIST] Oil workers in Kazakhstan face mistreatment and repression [report] at the hands of the government and oil companies, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report released [press release] on Monday. According to HRW, Kazakh authorities and three companies operating in the oil and gas sector in … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial for Saif al-Islam [JURIST news archives], one of Muammar Gaddafi's sons, will be postponed for five months so the prosecution can obtain evidence from Libya's former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile], government officials announced on Sunday. Al-Senussi was extradited to Libya [JURIST report] from Mauritania last … [read more]

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