Legal news from Friday, October 19, 2012

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] issued a short order [text, PDF] on Friday instructing the government to launch legal proceedings against a former army chief and intelligence director for their involvement in the country's 1990 election bribery scandal. The case was originally brought 16 years ago and … [read more]

[JURIST] The Italian Supreme Court [official website, in Italian] ruled Thursday that a causal link exists between cell phone use and cancer, ordering that the appellant be compensated. The court found that the appellant developed a benign tumor on the left side of his face due to his job's requirement … [read more]

[JURIST] The Hanseatic Higher Regional Court of Hamburg [official website, in German] on Friday issued sentences for 10 Somalis who were involved in the hijacking the German freighter MS Taipan off the coast of Somalia two years ago. The defendants, ranging in age from 19–50, were found guilty on charges … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Friday called on Sudanese authorities to investigate an attack on one of its convoys on Wednesday, resulting in the death of one African Union-United Nations Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) [official website] peacemaker and injuring three … [read more]

[JURIST] The recently freed member of the controversial Russian feminist rock collective Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] announced Friday that she has filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights [official website]. Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, is claiming [RAPSI report] violations of her right to freedom of … [read more]

[JURIST] The Council of Europe [official website] found Friday that two labor reforms adopted by Greece as part of wider efforts to curb the nation's financial crises were illegal. The Council's non-binding ruling [Reuters report] concerned two measures passed by the Greek government in 2010 at the urging of the … [read more]

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