Legal news from Sunday, February 16, 2014

[JURIST] A federal tribunal in Argentina has ruled that prosecutors cannot proceed with a case alleging former president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] was involved in an explosion at a military weapons factory that destroyed much of the town Rio Tercero in 1995. Prosecutors argued that the explosion was … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN human rights chief on Sunday called for an international probe into alleged war crimes that occurred during the last phase of the 26-year Sri Lankan Civil War [CFR backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that ended in 2009. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] asked … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the governments of South Sudan and Uganda on Saturday to investigate new evidence that cluster bombs were used in the South Sudan conflict. HRW cited new evidence of cluster bombs, including intact unexploded submunitions or "bomblets," discovered by UN experts … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder] appeared in court in Cairo on Sunday in his trial [JURIST report] for espionage and conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. Morsi continues to reject the allegations against him, and the trial has faced a number of setbacks, following his court appearance … [read more]

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