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Legal news from Thursday, November 30, 2006
20:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Election Commission [official website] is asking for public approval of new proposed policies [press release], one of which would reduce penalties for politicians and contributors who voluntarily report their own potential violations of campaign finance laws. The draft proposal for sua sponte submissions [text, PDF] has [read more]

19:11 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in India [JURIST news archive] have charged 30 people for their connections to the July 11 Mumbai train bombings [JURIST news archive] which left 185 dead and approximately 700 injured. The suspects, mostly Muslims, include 15 Pakistanis and 17 Indians. Only 13 of the suspects, all Indian, were [read more]

16:11 EDT

[JURIST] Liberia's Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) [UN Mission in Liberia news release, PDF] has denied reports that it has shut down operations due to lack of funding [JURIST report], with a spokesperson telling the Voice of America Thursday that a suspension of field research was previously scheduled. Though TRC [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] An appeals chamber at the International Criminal Court for the former Yugoslavia [official website] Thursday sentenced a former Bosnian Serb Army general to life imprisonment [judgment; summary; press release] for leading troops in attacks against civilians during the 1992-1994 siege of Sarajevo [BBC backgrounder]. Stanislav Galic [ICTY case backgrounder; [read more]

15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Council [official website] agreed Thursday to hold a special session to look into human rights abuses committed in the Darfur region [JURIST news archive] of Sudan. The rights body, established [JURIST report] earlier this year to replace the beleaguered Human Rights Commission, has so far [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Serb nationalist war crimes suspect Vojislav Seselj [BBC profile; ICTY case backgrounder], who has been on hunger strike [JURIST report] for close to three weeks, has forbidden staff of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] to force feed him, provide medical treatment or resuscitate [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Entertainment Software Association [trade website], the trade group representing video game companies, won two more legal battles this week against laws aimed at restricting the sale of violent games to minors. On Tuesday, the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit upheld the 2005 ruling that the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Kentucky judge on Wednesday ordered the state to hold public hearings on its lethal injection [DPIC backgrounder] protocol, which the state changed two years ago after two death row inmates challenged it as a form of cruel and unusual punishment. Though the Kentucky Supreme Court [official website] last [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Serbia and Bosnia-Herzegovina must arrest former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY case backgrounder; BBC profile] and his military commander Ratko Mladic [ICTY case backgrounder; JURIST news archive], both wanted on war crimes charges, in order to be further integrated into the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) [official website], [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] on Thursday rejected forensic evidence of mass graves presented by US experts in his genocide trial [JURIST news archive] for the "Anfal" campaigns [HRW backgrounder] against ethnic Kurds in northern Iraq between 1987 and 1988. Hussein said that pictures of the graves are "irrelevant [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union [official website] may face a legal challenge from the US over plans to extend the EU's greenhouse gas emission allowance trading program to cover all international flights to and from Europe. The European Union's Greenhouse Gas Emission Trading Scheme (ETS) [EU materials], based on European Commission [read more]

09:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK High Court ruled [judgment] Thursday that two British citizens charged with terrorism offenses can be extradited to the US to face terrorism charges. Haroon Rashid Aswat [Wikipedia profile; JURIST report], wanted in the US on suspicion of setting up a terrorist training camp, and Babar Ahmad [advocacy [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese authorities have executed the founder of a Chinese Christian church [BBC backgrounder] and two of his close associates for allegedly ordering the murders of several members of a rival religious sect, a lawyer for Xu Shuangfu [CSW materials] said Wednesday. The death penalty apparently imposed last week on [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] South African Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka [BBC profile] Thursday approved the country's Civil Unions Bill [JURIST report], making South Africa [JURIST news archive] the first African nation to recognize same-sex unions [JURIST news archive]. Mlambo-Ngcuka signed the measure into law on behalf of President Thabo Mbeki [official profile] who [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] A Mexican appeals court ruled Wednesday that a genocide trial against former Mexican President Luis Echeverria [Wikipedia profile; JURIST news archive] may proceed as long as prosecutors file formal charges against him before Friday, when the 30-year statute of limitations ends. The court effectively reversed previous rulings [JURIST report] [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The population of individuals in US prisons rose by 2.7 percent in 2005, according to an annual report [DOJ materials] released Wednesday by the US Department of Justice Bureau of Justice Statistics [official website]. The report indicates that over 7 million people were either in jail, on probation, or [read more]

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