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Legal news from Friday, November 7, 2008
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] A judge in Malaysia's Kuala Lumpur Sessions Court on Friday ruled [opinion text] that the sodomy trial of Malaysian opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will not be transferred to the country's High Court. The application seeking the transfer of the case was signed by Malaysian [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] A ballot measure [Amendment 46 text and materials] to prohibit governmental agencies from discriminating or granting preferences on the basis of race and sex [JURIST news archive] has been narrowly rejected [No campaign website] by voters in Colorado, according to results available Friday. The unofficial tally [text] on Amendment [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The 2008 fiscal year led to record deportations of undocumented immigrants in the US according to US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] reports Thursday. Nationwide, ICE deported 349,041 immigrants during the 2008 fiscal year ending September 30, as opposed to the 288,663 reported as removed in the [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Malaysian High Court Justice Syed Ahmad Helmy Syed Ahmad ordered the release of blogger Raja Petra Kamaruddin on Friday, finding insufficient grounds for his arrest under the country's Internal Security Act (ISA) [text, PDF; HRW backgrounder], which allows for indefinite detentions. Raja Petra, the editor of anti-government website Malaysia [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Richard Leon [official profile] of the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday began habeas corpus hearings for six Algerians challenging their detention at Guantanamo Bay. The hearings are the first to be held since the Supreme Court [official website] granted detainees at [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly and Security Council [official websites] on Thursday elected [ICJ press release, PDF; UN press release] five new judges to the International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website]. Judges Awn Shawkat Al-Khasawneh of Jordan, currently the vice president of the court, and Ronny Abraham [ICJ biographies] [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The British and Falkland Islands governments announced [press release] Thursday that they have agreed on a new constitution for the disputed South Atlantic Islands, a British territory also claimed by Argentina. Under the new constitution, primary governing power is vested in the Falkland's local government [official website], but the [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST]Peruvian Prime Minister Yehude Simon [official website, in Spanish] has declared a state of emergency [press release, in Spanish] for Tacna province [official website, in Spanish] in southern Peru where violence broke out last week after the government passed a law reducing the province's share of revenue from mining operations [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The government of India issued a warning [statement text] Thursday on illegal land sales to foreigners in the country, especially in the state of Goa [official website]. Located in the western part of India, Goa is known for its seaside views and inexpensive housing, which attract many foreigners. The [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] The International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) [profession website] Thursday called on [letter text] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [personal website] to open a probe into death threats allegedly sent by a group called Mahason Balakaya [Lanka eNews report] to the Sri Lankan human rights lawyers who represent [read more]

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