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Legal news from Wednesday, January 8, 2014

[JURIST] A Croatian court on Wednesday approved the extradition of a communist-era intelligence chief who is wanted in Germany for the killing of a Yugoslav dissident in the 1980s. Former intelligence chief Josip Perkovic was arrested [Reuters report] on January 1 as Croatia acted to comply with EU extradition law. … [read more]

[JURIST] A French court on Wednesday convicted Cassandra Belin for wearing a burqa [JURIST news archive] in violation of the controversial law [materials, in French] banning women from wearing full-face veils in public, rejecting her bid to have the ban declared unconstitutional. Belin was sentenced [AFP report] to one … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Wednesday that children of married couples in Italy must be allowed to carry their mother's surname. The court found that restricting a child's surname to that of its father violated Article 8 (right to respect for … [read more]

[JURIST] Attorneys representing Apple [corporate website] on Wednesday formally sought to disqualify court-appointed "external compliance monitor" Michael Bromwich, who was given the power to review and evaluate the tech company's compliance with an injunction related to an e-book price fixing scandal. In September a judge for the US District Court … [read more]

[JURIST] German prosecutors on Wednesday charged an 88-year old German man, referred to in court documents as "Werner C," with involvement in a 1944 massacre that took place in Oradour-sur-Glane in central France. According to the prosecution, Warner C murdered 25 people and aided and abetted [BBC reports] fellow Nazi … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for Germany's Hagen State Court [official website, in German] on Wednesday dropped the case against 92-year-old Siert Bruins [JURIST news archive], a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS. Prosecutors had accused Bruins of executing [NYT report] captured Dutch Nazi-opposition fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 … [read more]

[JURIST] Attorneys for death row inmate Dennis McGuire on Tuesday filed for a stay of execution in the US District Court for the Southern District of Ohio [official website], claiming that Ohio's untried execution method would cause McGuire to experience a suffocation-like syndrome known as air hunger. McGuire's execution was … [read more]

[JURIST] Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website], on Tuesday condemned [press release] the December 27 shelling of a funeral procession that killed 21 Yemeni civilians and injured 30 others. The attack resulted in the establishment of an investigation committee … [read more]

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