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Legal news from Monday, July 7, 2008
18:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Court of Appeal for Ontario [court website] ruled Monday that sentences imposed on seven aboriginal protesters in March for opposing mining company operations on community land were too severe. In February, Robert Lovelace, a member of the Ardoch Algonquin First Nation (AAFN) [official website], was sentenced to six [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] More than 3000 members of the People's Alliance for Democracy rallied outside of the Royal Thai Police Headquarters in Bangkok on Monday, calling for a speedy resolution to the corruption trials of former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive].   According to a Bangkok Post report, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Monday granted [decision, PDF; press release] the suspensive effect of the prosecutors' appeal [PDF] against the release of Congolese ex-militia leader Thomas Lubanga [ICC materials; BBC profile]. The granting of the appeal means that Lubanga will not be released until a final [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] A new association of political prisoners formed by Russia's National Bolshevik Party (NBP) [party website, in Russian] will advocate for prisoners' rights and call attention to the plight of political prisoners in the country, party spokesman Alexander Averin said Sunday. Averin also called on the Russian government to release [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] A UN spokesperson said that East Timor [JURIST news archive] police used teargas on a group of 200 students who were demonstrating before the National Parliament [official backgrounder] on Monday. Police reportedly used force against the students and arrested 21 protesters who disregarded police instructions to disperse. The protesters [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] intern Sean Gerlich is seeking class action status for a suit he has filed against the DOJ for discrimination based on political affiliation [PDF complaint]. In the suit, Gerlich alleges that he was denied a position in the department's Honors Program [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Sudanese parliament Monday passed a long-anticipated electoral law that is expected to ease the country's transition to democracy. The law establishes that 60 percent of parliamentary seats will be chosen by majority voting, while the remaining 40 percent will be filled by a proportional representation of political parties. [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Equatorial Guinea Monday convicted British national Simon Mann [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for his involvement in an alleged 2004 coup attempt [BBC backgrounder] against President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo [BBC profile]. Mann was sentenced to 34 years in prison, to be served at Blackbeach prison [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Italy's National Association of Magistrates [organization website, in Italian] voted Saturday to proclaim [text, in Italian] a "state of agitation," preparing for a possible strike over anticipated judicial budget cuts by the government of Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Judges argued that the proposed cuts [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police Sunday arrested [Turkish Daily News report] former generals Sener Eruygur and Hursit Tolon, accusing them of plotting to overthrow the country's current regime. The country's majority Islamic Justice Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish] has alleged that the generals belong to secular extremist group Ergenekon [Turkish [read more]

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