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Legal news from Monday, July 28, 2008
14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Turkey [official website, in Turkish] began proceedings on Monday to determine whether to ban [JURIST news archive] the country's ruling Islamic Justice and Development Party (AKP) [party website, in Turkish], which has allegedly failed to respect secular principles of the country's constitution [text]. In March, [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] A report [executive summary, PDF; press release] released Monday by Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq [advocacy website] indicates that officials for Palestinian security and military agencies frequently detain, torture and mistreat citizens from the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. The report, released the same day as a similar [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian officials on Sunday hanged 29 people in the capital Tehran as part of what the government says was a push to enforce Islamic moral codes. Government sources and local media presented conflicting reports [Reuters report] regarding what crimes those executed had committed, but offenses ranging from adultery to [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] A lawyer for Bosnian Serb leader and former fugitive Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] says he has filed an appeal with a Serbian court to block the transfer of his client to the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official site], where Karadzic faces war [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The armed forces of the United Kingdom may have used officially-banned tactics to interrogate detainees in Iraq, according to a report [text] released Sunday by Parliament's Joint Committee on Human Rights [official website]. In previous testimony before the committee, top defense officials had denied the use of "wall standing, [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Newspapers in Tennessee, California, Georgia, and Ohio [editorials] and several other states carried editorials Monday in support of US Senate passage of a proposed federal reporter shield law [S. 2035 text, PDF; bill materials], of the law, citing the occasional necessity of source anonymity. The Free Flow of Information [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Philippines reached a peace agreement Monday with rebels from the Moro Islamic Liberation Front [group website; BBC backgrounder], granting expanded boundaries to the country's southern Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) [official website]. In addition to the recognized size of the region, the two sides [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] New poll results [questions and results, PDF; press release] released Sunday by think tank Open Europe indicate that Irish voters do not support a second referendum on the EU reform treaty [JURIST news archive], formally known as the Treaty of Lisbon [official website; text, PDF], and that they would [read more]

06:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Basmany Court in Moscow resumed proceedings Monday in a lawsuit filed by the Russian Federal Customs Service [official website] against the Bank of New York Mellon (BNYMellon) [corporate case backgrounder] under the US Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) [text] statute. In a novel use of US law in [read more]

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