Legal news from Thursday, May 9, 2013

[JURIST] A war crimes tribunal in Bangladesh on Thursday sentenced Mohammad Kamaruzzam, assistant secretary general of the Jamaat-e-Islami party (JI) [party website, in Bengali], to death for atrocities committed during the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. Kamaruzzam, the fourth person convicted [WSJ report] by the tribunal established by Prime … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan of the High Court of Peshawar ruled Thursday that US drone strikes in the region are illegal. The justice also directed Pakistan's Foreign Ministry [official website] to introduce a resolution against such attacks in the UN. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by … [read more]

[JURIST] The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] said Wednesday that if Libya can conduct fair trials of alleged perpetrators during the pro-democracy 2011 uprising, the proceedings could equal the lasting impact of the Nuremberg trials, sealing the rule of law, due process and human rights for … [read more]

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors on Thursday called for former prime minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to face another trial on charges of bribing a senator. The prosecutors accuse [AKI report] Berlusconi of having paid former senator Sergio De Gregorio €3 million following the parliamentary election in 2006 to … [read more]

[JURIST] Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) troops committed numerous war crimes, including rape and murder, as they retreated from an advance by the 23 March Movement (M23) [JURIST news archive] rebels last November, according to a UN report [text, PDF] released Wednesday. The report claims [AFP report] Congolese military troops … [read more]

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