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14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Kosovo prime minister Agim Ceku was arrested [press release] in Bulgaria Tuesday at the Macedonian border on Serbian war crimes charges. Ceku is specifically charged by the Serbian Nis District Court with genocide in relation to the murder of 669 Serbs and 18 others during the Kosovo war [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Council of Europe (COE) [official website] on Tuesday urged substantial reforms to correct systemic problems in the Russian legal system, including the prevalence of political prosecutions and a lack of judicial independence. A report [text, PDF] presented by COE Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights member Sabine [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] A co-prosecutor at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] announced on Tuesday that he was stepping down [statement, PDF; oral statement, PDF] in September for personal and family reasons. Canadian Robert Petit [official profile], charged with trying those responsible for atrocities committed during the [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official profile; BBC profile] granted a request Wednesday to allow opposition candidates five additional days to submit complaints about the contested presidential election [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in Iran. The Guardian Council for the Constitution [official website, in Persian] made the request to allow [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Several former detainees held at the US detention facility at Bagram Air Base [JURIST news archive; GlobalSecurity backgrounder] in Afghanistan have alleged abuse [BBC report] while in custody, the BBC reported Wednesday. Interviews conducted over a two-month period with 25 people detained on suspicion of belonging to al Qaeda [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The War Crimes Council of the Belgrade District Court [official website, in Serbian] convicted a Croatian Serb of war crimes Tuesday for his involvement in the death of 200 Croatian POWs [BBC backgrounder] in 1991, sentencing him to 20 years in prison. Damir Sireta [case materials, in Serbian] was [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Indian court on Tuesday issued arrest warrants for 22 Pakistanis suspected of involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], including a founding member of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder], the Pakistani militant group suspected of carrying out the violence. Special Sessions Court judge M. L. [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Prison rape continues to be a widespread problem in the US, according to a report [text] released Tuesday by the National Prison Rape Elimination Commission (NPREC) [official website]. Among other suggestions, the report calls for officials to identify those prisoners who are vulnerable and to protect them, to develop [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Bosnian state court on Tuesday refused to extradite [press release] former Croatian parliament deputy Branimir Glavas [Trial Watch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to Croatia to serve a sentence for war crimes. Glavas, who holds dual Bosnian and Croatian citizenship, fled to Bosnia to avoid serving his sentence for [read more]

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