Legal news from Thursday, September 12, 2013

[JURIST] A court in France [official website, in French] on Thursday rejected Rwanda's request for the extradition of a Hutu ex-colonel wanted in connection with the country's 1994 genocide [CNN backgrounder] and ordered his release. Laurent Serubuga, now 77-years old, had been arrested in France in July on an international … [read more]

[JURIST] Northern Ireland will struggle to move forward due to its failure to establish the truth about abuses committed during its civil unrest, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] warned in a report [text, PDF] published Thursday. The report, entitled "Northern Ireland: Time to Deal with the Past," speaks extensively about … [read more]

[JURIST] Legislators in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau on Tuesday rejected a proposal extending amnesty to all military officials involved in the April 12 coup d'etat. With 40 votes in favor, the proposal fell short [AP report] of the 51 votes needed to secure its passage. The country has … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) advocate general on Thursday denounced the decision by the European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) [official websites] to ban the short selling of stocks. Affirmed on nearly 80 percent of final judgments [Telegraph report], the ECJ's advocate general, Niilo Jaaskinen, rejected the measure … [read more]

[JURIST] The Missouri Senate [official website] on Wednesday fell one vote short of overriding a veto by Governor Jay Nixon [official profile] and passing into law a bill implementing a controversial gun measure. After the state's House of Representatives on Wednesday voted 109-49 in favor of overriding Nixon's veto, the … [read more]

[JURIST] Qatar based news service Al Jazeera [media website] will take legal action against the Egyptian military government according to a press release [text] issued Thursday. Al Jazeera has accused the regime of detaining journalists [Al Jazeera report] without charges or on politically motivated charges, raiding Al Jazeera offices, confiscating … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved legislation [press release, text] Thursday that creates a system of banking supervision overseen by a new centralized bank supervision authority supported by the European Central Bank (ECB) [official website]. The regulation puts in place a single supervisory mechanism that will cover [WP report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The office of Italy's president [official website, in Italian] on Thursday confirmed that it has received a pardon request from a former Milan Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] station chief who was sentenced to nine years in prison for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition [JURIST news archive] of … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Wednesday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Wisconsin's controversial collective bargaining law [Budget Repair Bill, text] is constitutional. Judge William Conley for the US District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin [official website] held that even if public employees have the right to associate, that right … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of North Dakota [official website] on Wednesday partially dismissed a lawsuit against North Dakota's new law [HB 1305, PDF] that prohibits "abortion for sex selection or genetic abnormalities." US District Judge Daniel Hovland had granted the request [AP report] … [read more]

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