Legal news from Monday, September 9, 2013

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Monday instructed Samsung Electronics [corporate website] to offer more concessions in their proposal to settle antitrust charges. Samsung has been charged [Reuters report] with breaching the EU's antitrust rules by engaging in patent lawsuits against the company's chief rival, Apple [corporate website]. Sumsung … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katzav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was allowed to leave the prison for 24-hours on Monday, marking his first furlough since his 2011 conviction for the rape of female employees in the 1990s. Katzav, who has consistently denied the charges, has served a quarter of … [read more]

[JURIST] According to a report [WP report] released by the Washington Post Saturday, the Obama administration won permission from the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) [official websites] court in 2011 to reverse restrictions on the National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] use of intercepted phone calls and e-mails. The revelations … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan Deputy President William Ruto traveled to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official site] in The Hague, Netherlands, on Monday, in advance of his trial for crimes against humanity, which is set to begin on Tuesday. Ruto is on trial for three counts of crimes against humanity that led … [read more]

[JURIST] The head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) [official website] on Monday stressed the need for both Iran and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) to cooperate in resolving outstanding issues regarding their nuclear activities. In his statement [text], the Director-General of the agency expressed concern … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] on Monday announced a new concession proposal from Google [corporate website] in connection to an ongoing EU antitrust investigation of the company. Google faces [Reuters report] USD $5 billion in fines over accusations that the company's search engine is blocking competitors content and promoting … [read more]

[JURIST] Guyana's acting Chief Justice Ian Chang ruled Friday that cross-dressing is a criminal offense only when done for improper purposes such as prostitution, but that people cannot be arrested for cross-dressing to express their personal gender identity or sexual orientation. The judge was interpreting a law [AP report] from … [read more]

[JURIST] Andrew Cayley, the international prosecutor for the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website], the tribunal covering the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] trials, announced [official statement] Monday that he is resigning effective September 16 for personal reasons. Cayley joined the staff of the … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar's parliament [official website] will draft a bill that forms groups to monitor court proceedings, a lawmaker said Saturday. Thura Aung Ko [campaign profile], the Lower House Judicial Affairs Committee chairman, said that the purpose of the court monitoring bill [Eleven Myanmar report] was to crack down on corruption … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Monday urged the international community [statement] to help facilitate negotiations between warring parties in Syria. Although Pillay criticized global leaders for not acting sooner to stop the violent conflict in Syria, she warned that a military response would … [read more]

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