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20:11 EDT

[JURIST] Nepal's High Level Probe Commission [JURIST report] submitted its final report Monday to the Nepalese government, concluding that King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile] and some 200 members of his administration were responsible for the violent response to the democracy protests [JURIST news archive] last April that left 22 [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] China's deputy chief prosecutor has said that almost every wrongful conviction in the country in recent years has been the result of torture [JURIST report] and intensive interrogation techniques. The government has discovered at least 30 people who were wrongfully convicted using confessions extracted by torture, and even estimates [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] US District Judge Paul L. Friedman [official profile] Monday rejected [official order, PDF] a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee's petition to have his heart operation transferred to a civilian facility. Saifullah Paracha [advocacy website; Wikipedia profile], a multimillionaire businessman and television producer from Pakistan, petitioned the US District [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] The New York State Court of Appeals [official website] ruled Monday that the state must spend about $2 billion more per year to provide children in the New York City public school system [official website] with "a sound basic education" guaranteed by the state constitution [text]. In a 4-2 [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith [official website; Guardian profile] spoke out Monday against a proposal by Prime Minister Tony Blair [JURIST news archive] to extend the 28-day limit on police detentions of terrorism suspects who have not been charged. Goldsmith, the government's chief legal adviser, said during a media [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Israel Defense Forces [official website] Chief of Staff Lieutenant General Dan Halutz [official profile] Monday expressed disappointment about Israel's use of cluster bombs [FAS backgrounder] during the recent Middle East conflict [JURIST news archive] and ordered an investigation into how the order to use the munitions was given. Major [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Thai human rights groups have demanded that former Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra [JURIST news archive] face charges for crimes against humanity relating to his rough anti-drug campaign. The Lawyers Council of Thailand and the National Human Rights Commission [advocacy websites, in Thai] allege that more than 2,500 people [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] The governors of six of Bolivia's nine states vowed over the weekend to break off relations with President Evo Morales [official website; BBC profile] following a move to give Morales' leftist party more power [JURIST report] to rewrite the country's constitution. The six governors, who all belong to opposition [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Tom Noe [Wikipedia profile], a former Republican fundraiser and prominent coin dealer in Ohio, was sentenced on Monday to 18 years in prison after his conviction [summary, PDF] last week on theft, corrupt activity, money laundering, forgery and tampering with records charges in a rare coin investment scandal [Toledo [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Thirty Philippine military officers will face courts-martial on mutiny charges in connection with their alleged involvement in a February coup plot [JURIST report] to overthrow the government of Philippines President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo [official website; JURIST news archive], a general told a news conference on Sunday. The general indicated that [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour [official profile] on Monday condemned human rights violations occurring in the Palestinian authorities, saying that violations were "intolerable" and expressing concern for civilians in the area. Arbour is currently visiting the Gaza strip [press release] in order to "examine developments" connected [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Nicaraguan President Enrique Bolanos [official website, in Spanish] has signed a law that bans all abortion [JURIST report] and eliminates a longstanding exception for the health of the mother. Abortion has long been illegal in Nicaragua, though tempered by the medical necessity exception. Opponents of the complete abortion ban [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney [official website] on Sunday urged state legislators [DOC speech transcript] to vote on a state constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage ban and said he will petition the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court to place the question on the next ballot if legislators fail to vote on [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian cabinet met Monday to relieve the head of Italy's intelligence agency of his duties, a move prompted by suspicions that he was involved in the alleged 2003 CIA kidnapping [JURIST news archive; WP timeline] of Egyptian cleric Moustafa Hassan Nasr [Wikipedia profile]. Nicolo Pollari, now the former [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein's trial for crimes against humanity committed in Dujail was "fundamentally unfair" and the guilty verdict lacks legitimacy due to procedural and substantive flaws, according to a report [text; press release] released by advocacy group Human Rights Watch on Monday. Nehal Bhuta, the report's author, said that the [read more]

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