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Legal news from Friday, September 21, 2012

[JURIST] The Constitutional Council of France on Friday rejected [decision, in French] a challenge to the bullfighting exception contained in the animal cruelty provisions of the country's criminal code. Article 521-1 of the Criminal Code [text, PDF] provides for two years in prison and a 30,000 euro fine for the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Friday delivered the first of more than 300 verdicts expected in the trial examining the 2003 Balyoz Security Operation Plan [Taraf report, in Turkish; Al Jazeera backgrounder], or "Sledgehammer" plot [JURIST news archive], which included plans to bomb Istanbul mosques and provoke Greece into shooting … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Friday called on authorities in Georgia to investigate prisoner mistreatment after video footage earlier this week allegedly depicted the torture and rape of prisoners in the country's capital of Tbilisi. A spokesperson for Pillay told reporters in Geneva … [read more]

[JURIST] Trinidad and Tobago Justice Minister Herbert Philip Volney [official profile] was removed from office Thursday on allegations that he had deceived the country's government regarding a controversial law that established a new system of pre-trial proceedings relating to indictable offenses. Created by Volney's Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and passed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] heard arguments Thursday on whether to grant a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [5 USC § 552] request by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] to obtain information from the CIA [official website] on … [read more]

[JURIST] The regional court in Baden-Baden, Germany announced on Friday that it is ending its inquiry into Aribert Heim, a wanted Nazi war criminal known as "Dr. Death." Heim was accused of experimenting on Jewish prisoners during the Holocaust, including performing operations and amputations without anesthesia to test the limits … [read more]

[JURIST] The Mexican government announced Thursday that it is reviewing a complaint [complaint, PDF] by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) [union website] that Alabama's immigration law [HB 56, PDF] violates [press release] the North American Fair Trade Agreement (NAFTA) and the North American Agreement on Labor Cooperation (NAALC) [texts]. … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged [statement] Algeria on Wednesday to remove restraints on civil society organizations in North Africa. Pillay applauded Algeria for vast improvements that the country has made since the 1990s when Algeria was entrenched in war. However, she also voiced … [read more]

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