Legal news from Monday, February 4, 2013
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A military judge on Monday refused to halt further hearings in the 2000 USS Cole [Navy backgrounder] bombing trial. The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] Colonel James Pohl held that the defense attorney failed to present any evidence [AP report] supporting allegations of eavesdropping. Lawyers [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Indian President Pranab Mukherjee [official website] signed an ordinance [text] on Sunday imposing stricter penalties for rape. The ordinance, which was passed by the Union Cabinet on Friday [Times of India report], will be tabled before the parliament within six weeks of the next session beginning on February 21. [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Lebanese judge on Monday issued an arrest warrant for a top Syrian intelligence official and his aide for alleged involvement in a bombing plot in Lebanon. Brigadier General Ali Mamlouk is accused [Al Jazeera report] of being involved in plotting a series of bomb attacks with former Lebanese [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday overturned [press release] the genocide convictions of former Rwandan ministers Justin Mugenzi and Prosper Mugiraneza after concluding that the trial chambers had erred in assessing key pieces of evidence. Mugenzi and Mugiraneza were arrested [case [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Georgia [official website] on Monday rejected [opinion, PDF] claims by death row inmate Warren Lee Hill [JURIST news archive] that the Board of Corrections violated the Georgia Administrative Procedure Act (APA) [materials] by not holding a public hearing before changing the state's lethal injection [DPIC [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A group of 22 Vietnamese activists were sentenced to lengthy prison terms by the local People's Court in southern central Phu Yen province on Monday after the group was convicted of engaging in subversive activities to overthrow the county's communist government. According to their court-appointed lawyer, the group's 65-year-old [read more]

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