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Legal news from Wednesday, August 28, 2013

[JURIST] Pakistan officials on Tuesday launched a mobile mediation program in the city of Peshawar, with 30 cases, both civil and crimnal, decided on board a bus. Judge Syed Fazal Wadood presided [The Nation report] over the internally-modified Isuzu coach bus, rendering his first verdict within 10 minutes in a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Croatian government on Wednesday announced its full cooperation with European legislation regarding extradition laws. Just two days [JURIST report] after European Commission Vice President Viviane Reding [official websites] said that Croatia [JURIST news archive] may face legal action for failure to comply with the law, both Croatian Prime … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday sentenced [press release] Goran Saric, a former police chief, to 14 years for crimes against humanity. His charges [case backgrounder] specifically involved detention, forced transfer and murder of civilian Bosniak population of Sarajevo's Centar municipality between June and July … [read more]

[JURIST] A Nigerian court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a suspected member of al Qaeda, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, to the US on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and unlawful use of firearms. Babafemi, who did not contest his extradition, is thought to … [read more]

[JURIST] Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian] on Wednesday approved a bill that would direct the government to sue the US for its involvement during the 1953 coup. The recent decision came amid the release of newly declassified documents [National Security Archive] by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Salvadoran Minister of Public Safety, Inocente Orlando Montano, was convicted of immigration fraud on Tuesday and sentenced to 21 months in prison followed by one year of probation. Montano is suspected [CJA case backgrounder] in connection with a conspiracy with other commanders to murder six priests and two … [read more]

[JURIST] The New York Police Department (NYPD) [official website; JURIST news archive] has secretly launched at least a dozen terrorism investigations into mosques since the 9/11 attacks [JURIST backgrounder], the Associated Press reported [text] Wednesday. By designating mosques as "terrorism enterprises," the AP claims the NYPD allowed police to spy … [read more]

[JURIST] Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the son of deposed leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive] was charged on Tuesday with murder, relating to the 2011 Libya conflict [JURIST backgrounder], a Libyan prosecutor said. Prosecutors also charged former intelligence chief Abdullah al-Senussi [BBC profile; JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) on Tuesday expressed concern [press release] that the forced eviction of Palestinians in the West Bank [JURIST news archive] by Israeli authorities could amount to a violation of international law. Last week Israeli authorities began the demolition of … [read more]

[JURIST] A coalition of international human rights groups on Tuesday criticized [report, PDF] the trial and sentencing of more than 60 activists in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC backgrounder]. Last month the Supreme Court in Abu Dhabi sentenced [JURIST report] a group of 69 people to prison for associating … [read more]

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