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Legal news from Thursday, June 11, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A South Korean court ruled Thursday that Microsoft [corporate website] violated antitrust regulations by packaging software with the Windows operating system, but dismissed requests for damages from two Korean software firms. The suit alleged [Yonhap News report] that the company's packaging of MSN Messenger and Windows Media Player with [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Union Court of First Instance [official website] ruled [judgment materials] Thursday that an EU-ordered asset freeze of a Jordanian terrorist suspect lacked judicial review, violating the suspect's fundamental rights. The assets of Muslim cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile] were frozen in 2001 pursuant to a UN Security [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya has until the end of August to establish a tribunal to try the leaders behind the 2007 post-election violence [JURIST report], former UN secretary-general Kofi Annan [official website] told the BBC [report] Thursday. If the country does not meet the August deadline, which was originally set for March, [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Four Uighurs held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] detention facility have been released from US custody Thursday and transferred to Bermuda [DOJ press release]. The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] reported that the four detainees had been cleared for release by the interagency Guantanamo Review [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] US authorities on Wednesday charged 24 individuals [press release] with looting Native American artifacts from public land. The accused are charged [indictment materials] with violations of the Archaeological Resource Protection Act (ARPA) [text, PDF] and the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) [text] in connection with the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Palau President Johnson Toribiong told the Associated Press Thursday that his offer to accept [JURIST report] 17 Uighur detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives] was motivated by human rights concerns [AP report] and not by the Chinese government's reaction. The Palau government, which grants diplomatic recognition to [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese human rights lawyer Li Fangping has challenged a government mandate requiring Internet filter software on all new personal computers, according to media reports Thursday. Fangping demanded public hearings [Reuters report] from the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) [official website, in Chinese] to determine if the requirement [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment text; press release] Wednesday that the Turkish government is responsible for the death of a woman at the hands of her ex-husband. The court found that in failing to prevent the woman's death, Turkey had violated her right [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Judiciary Committee [official website] voted [recorded video, RealPlayer] 29-0 Wednesday to approve four articles of impeachment [text] against US district court judge Samuel Kent [official profile] based on his conviction [JURIST report] for obstruction of justice [18 USC § 1512(c)(2) text] in connection with the alleged [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Three US contractors arrested for the killing of another contractor will be released due to insufficient evidence against them, their lawyers said Wednesday. Two other men are still being held [Washington Times report], but are expected to be released shortly. The five men were arrested [JURIST report] and accused [read more]

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