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15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of the European Union [official website] and the US jointly released a statement [text, DOC] Monday outlining the terms of agreement for EU countries planning to accept Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. Affirming that the US is primarily responsible for the closure of the detention facility [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday declined to review a challenge to the construction of a fence along the US-Mexico border [JURIST news archive]. The Court denied certiorari [order list, PDF] in County of El Paso, Texas v. Napolitano [docket; cert. petition, PDF], in [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former spokeswoman for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] Florence Hartmann [publicity interview; ICTY materials, PDF] went on trial Monday to face accusations of contempt for allegedly publishing details of tribunal proceedings. Hartmann is specifically charged [press release; JURIST report] with contempt of the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) ruled [decision, PDF; press release, PDF] Monday that former Khmer Rogue [BBC backgrounder] leader Kaing Guek Eav [TrialWatch backgrounder, JURIST news archive], also known as "Duch," has been detained unlawfully for the past 10 years, but denied a defense request [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] issued opinions in two cases Monday. The Court ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-2 in Polar Tankers v. City of Valdez [Cornell LII backgrounder; JURIST report] that a municipal tax that falls exclusively on large vessels in the city’s harbor violates the [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday granted certiorari [order list, PDF] in four cases. In United Student Aid Funds, Inc. v. Espinosa [docket; cert. petition, PDF], the Court will decide on the requirements for discharging student loan debt via bankruptcy proceedings. Specifically at issue [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The government of Yemen denied Sunday that it had reached an agreement with the US to transfer nearly 100 Yemeni Guantanamo Bay detainees to Saudi Arabia [JURIST news archives] for rehabilitation. According to a statement from the Yemen Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Yemeni government is still negotiating with [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Prominent Vietnamese pro-democracy lawyer Le Cong Dinh was arrested Saturday by Vietnam forces for allegedly conspiring against the government, according to state media. Dinh was charged [Nhan Dan report] with "colluding with foreign reactionaries to sabotage the Vietnamese State," in violation of Article 88 [text] of the Vietnamese penal [read more]

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