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Legal News
27 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Russia's Prosecutor General's Office [official website] on Friday appealed the acquittal [JURIST report] of three Chechen men accused of involvement in the killing of Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The decision to appeal the ruling was reportedly made shortly after [RIA Novosti report] Moscow Military … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] UN assistant secretary general for legal affairs Peter Taksoe-Jensen stated Monday that significant progress was made during discussions of corruption [Phnom Penh Post report] alleged to exist in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Taksoe-Jensen commented [AFP report] that he and … [read more]


Legal News
23 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Human rights group Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Monday called for the UN to place an arms embargo on Israel and Hamas, responding to the UN's report [text, PDF] that both parties used foreign-supplied weapons during the recent fighting in Gaza. The UN found that weapons from more … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ordered [judgment; press release] the UK to pay £2,500 in damages to Islamic cleric Abu Qataba [BBC profile] after determining that he was imprisoned by the UK in violation of the European Convention on Human … [read more]


Legal News
16 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] UK resident and Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Binyam Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was found by British authorities on Sunday to be healthy enough to return to the UK if the US government acquiesces to the request for his release. A group sent to the prison … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] The European Commission (EC) [official website] on Thursday reported [text, PDF; press release] that Romania has not made sufficient progress in its anti-corruption campaign since its accession to the European Union (EU) two years ago. The EC's report commended initial efforts, such as the drafting of amendments to the … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Former Rwandan defense investigator Léonidas Nshogoza went on trial [ICTR press release] Monday at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website]. Nshogoza was arrested in June 2007 for allegedly bribing witnesses, fabricating evidence, and "interfering with the administration of justice" in the 2004 ICTR genocide trial of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Former British attorney general Peter Goldsmith [BBC profile] on Monday urged [Independent op-ed] the UK and other European states to create an "international coalition" to assist the US in closing the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility as soon as possible. Goldsmith said he understands that some countries do not want to accept … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] US State Department [official website] spokesperson Robert Wood said Wednesday that Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton [official profile] has told Congress that she intends to begin preliminary negotiations with Russia [press briefing] on a new treaty that would significantly lower nuclear stockpiles in both countries. The 1991 Strategic … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Sudan reissued a request to the UN Security Council Thursday to delay for one year war crimes charges against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir [BBC profile] for alleged genocide in Darfur. International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] has sought an arrest warrant [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] has said that his office is considering arguments that the court may have jurisdiction over war crimes Israeli troops have allegedly committed in the Gaza Strip, according to a Monday report in the Times of London. Moreno-Ocampo had earlier said that … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Pakistani Minister for Law and Justice Farooq Naek told reporters Friday that the superior court judges the government had returned to office after their November 2007 ouster under then-president Pervez Musharraf's declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] had been 'reappointed', not reinstated, because Pakistan's constitution [text] does not provide … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Impeachment proceedings [materials] began Monday in the Illinois State Senate [official website] against Governor Rod Blagojevich [official website; JURIST news archive], who is boycotting the proceedings. Blagojevich and his lawyers [JURIST report] have refused to attend the proceedings, claiming that Senate procedures are biased and will deny Blagojevich his … [read more]


Legal News
26 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Bolivian voters on Sunday approved a new constitution [text, PDF, in Spanish] that places more power in the hands of the country's indigenous majority. The leftist constitution, which passed by a 59 percent majority, is said by President Evo Morales [official website, BBC profile] himself a member of the … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert [official website] on Thursday placed justice minister Daniel Friedman [official profile] in charge of defending Israel against war crimes charges stemming from the conflict in Gaza [BBC backgrounder]. Olmert appointed Friedman to head an inter-ministerial team to investigate [Ynet report] and form a legal … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] A Spanish court on Monday dismissed the case against Basque Regional Prime Minister Juan José Ibarretxe [official profile]. He and the two leaders of the Basque socialist party were charged with illegally communicating with the banned Batasuna party, the political wing of the militant ETA [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] The son of a former president of Liberia now on trial at The Hague for crimes against humanity was sentenced [DOJ press release] to a 97-year jail term in the US Friday by US District Court for the Southern District of Florida [official website] for committing torture in Liberia. … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] The office of the Bosnian war crimes prosecutor [official website] on Thursday indicted eight Bosnian Serbs [press release] on charges of taking part in war crimes early in the Bosnian war. Damir Ivankovic, Zoran Babic, Gordan Djuric, Milorad Radakovic, Milorad Skrbic, Ljubisa Cetic, Dusan Jankovic and Zeljko Stojnic are … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit on Thursday ruled [opinion, PDF] that Congress acted beyond its authority when it enacted a law that allows indefinite federal civil commitment of "sexually dangerous" offenders beyond the end of their sentences. The indefinite civil commitment … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Australian acting Prime Minister Julia Gillard [official profile] on Saturday officially announced Australia's rejection of a US request to accept foreign Guantanamo detainees. This was the second request by the Bush administration regarding Australia's acceptance of prisoners of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] prison camp, and came in … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Imprisoned Zimbabwe human rights activist and head of Zimbabwe Peace Project (ZPP) [advocacy materials] Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website, JURIST news archive] has allegedly been tortured and forced by prison officials to ingest drugs, according to a report [text] in South Africa's Sunday Independent. The torture and poisoning [AFP report] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] A Zimbabwe judge ruled Friday that Zimbabwe Peace Project [advocacy materials] leader Jestina Mukoko [advocacy website; JURIST news archive] and 31 other activists charged [JURIST report] with plotting to overthrow President Robert Mugabe [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] must remain in jail over the weekend. High Court Judge Alphias … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2009
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] Human rights group Amnesty International USA [advocacy website] on Friday accused the US of insufficiently responding to the Gaza crisis [press release] in a letter [text, PDF] sent to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice [official Profile]. The letter claimed that the US response has been "lopsided," and urged Rice … [read more]


Legal News
9 Dec 2008
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] A Russian government commission is examining the legality of the Soviet Union's pre-World War II artwork sales, an official from the State Hermitage Museum [official website] said on Tuesday. Museum director Mikhail Piotrovsky said in his St. Petersburg state-of-the-museum report that Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2008
by Tarah Park

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights [official website] unanimously ruled [judgment text] Thursday that the British practice of keeping the fingerprints and DNA profiles of people arrested but not convicted of crimes was against privacy rights and should not continue. The suit was originally brought by UK nationals Michael … [read more]

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