Legal news from Tuesday, June 4, 2013

[JURIST] A panel of UN human rights experts on Tuesday issued their latest report [text, PDF; UN News Centre report] on the Syria conflict [JURIST backgrounder], detailing escalating war crimes committed by both sides. Both France and the US have claimed to have found evidence regarding the limited use of … [read more]

[JURIST] Judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday gave prosecutors until November 15 [press release] to develop their evidence against former Ivory Coast President Laurent Gbagbo [JURIST news archive]. Ggabo is the first former head of state to come before the court and is charged with … [read more]

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Monday signed into law amendments to the Stolen Valor Act of 2013 (SVA) [HR 258, PDF], which makes it a federal crime to lie about having received a military medal or honor. The amendments narrowed the law's proscriptive scope, prohibiting only persons who, "with … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday convicted 43 foreign and domestic non-governmental organization (NGO) employees of promoting democracy in Egypt without proper documentation and of receiving funds from abroad in violation of Egyptian law. Those convicted include Europeans, Egyptians, other Arabs and at least 16 Americans, 15 of whom were … [read more]

[JURIST] New York resident Sulejman Mujagic has been extradited to his native country of Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) for war crimes committed in the 1990s, officials said Monday. His extradition [AP report] is the result of charges for allegedly killing and torturing enemy soldiers during the Bosnian War [JURIST news … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain [BBC backgrounder] court on Monday issued sentences to three protesters for allegedly taking part in anti-government protests as well as attempting to kill a police officer. The crimes were committed during an attack on police in the Shiite village of Manama which has been a hotbed of … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] and the government of Japan on Monday came to an agreement [UNODC press release] to increase efforts to combat drug and human trafficking in Africa and Southeast Asia. The agreement was reached at the end of the Fifth Tokyo … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] case against Apple [corporate website] began in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Monday with an attorney for the department claiming that Apple's conspiring with publishers cost customers hundreds of millions of dollars. The … [read more]

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