Legal news from Monday, October 29, 2012

[JURIST] An alleged Nazi war criminal has filed a writ to sue the Australian government for wrongful imprisonment after being jailed on a charge of killing an 18-year-old Jewish man in Hungary in 1944. Charles Zentai [The Australian backgrounder], a 91-year-old former Nazi and resident of Perth, was imprisoned for … [read more]

[JURIST] A former prisoner began proceedings against the British government last week after Prime Minister David Cameron announced that he would not comply with a ruling by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official websites] requiring the government to remove its blanket prohibition on prisoner voting rights. The Grand … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Monday expressed disappointment [UN News Centre report] with an apparent lack of respect for a ceasefire request in Syria, saying that the fighting must stop for the crisis to end. While the secretary-general reminded the international community that the UN is doing … [read more]

[JURIST] The FBI released its annual report on violent and property crime, Crime in the United States 2011 [materials; press release], on Monday, which found that the number of violent crimes reported to law enforcement decreased for the fifth consecutive year and the number of property crimes reported decreased for … [read more]

[JURIST] A Philippines court entered a not guilty plea on behalf of former president Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Monday. Arroyo is accused of misappropriating $8.8 million in state lottery funds while in office. The judge entered the plea for Arroyo because she refused to enter a … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Friday denied a request by former Ivory Coast president and alleged war criminal Laurent Gbagbo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to leave the Netherlands for medical recovery while he awaits trial. Gbagbo had asked the court for allowance to … [read more]

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