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Legal news from Friday, June 26, 2009
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former Croatian Serb wartime leader Milan Martic [case materials; BBC profile] was transferred to Estonia [press release] Friday to serve a 35-year prison sentence for crimes against humanity and violations of the laws of war in Croatia. Martic was convicted and sentenced [case backgrounder, PDF; JURIST report] in 2007 [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Friday called for a public trial [press release] for a Thai political activist accused of insulting the royal family. Judge Prommat Toosang on Wednesday ordered [Reuters report] that the trial of Darunee Charnchoengsilpakul [advocacy website] be closed for national security reasons. AI's Asia-Pacific [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Serbian prosecutors charged 17 former members of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA) Friday for war crimes committed during the war in Kosovo [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The charges include [B92 report] rape, murder, mutilation, and torture resulting from the kidnapping of 159 Serb civilians and others in Gnjilane, [read more]

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[JURIST] Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva [official profile, in Portuguese] on Friday approved a controversial bill [Provisional Measure 458/09 text, in Portuguese] that would allow legal privatization of publicly held Amazon land. The measure is aimed at stabilizing ownership of nearly 260,000 square miles of Amazon land, the [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Armed Services Committee [official website] announced Friday the approval [press release] an appropriations bill that would alter the rules of evidence used in military commission trials. The version of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 [S 1033 materials], which cleared the committee unanimously, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal bankruptcy judge on Thursday approved [press release] a motion [text, PDF] to allow General Motors (GM) [corporate website] to borrow $33.3 billion in debtor in possession financing from the US and Canadian governments to finance a new company. Judge Robert Gerber quickly approved the motion [NYT report], [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Impeached federal judge Samuel Kent [JURIST news archive] on Thursday resigned [press release] from his seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] effective at the end of June. Kent's resignation comes a day after US Senate [official website] began impeachment trial proceedings [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] Honduran President Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile] rejected a Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] decision Thursday that called for the reinstatement of a military general whom Zelaya fired Wednesday. Zelaya's decision comes amidst a controversy over a referendum on constitutional change [La Tribuna report, in Spanish] scheduled for Sunday [read more]

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[JURIST] A judge in the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Thursday set the corruption trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] for June 3, 2010. Lawyers for two aids indicted with Blagojevich [JURIST report], Alonzo Monk and John Harris, indicated [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Self-exiled Russian business tycoon Boris Berezovsky [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was found guilty of fraud in absentia Thursday by a Moscow regional court. The court found [RIA Novosti report] that Berezovsky and his business associate Yuli Dubov embezzled $4.5 million from their LogoVAZ car dealership. The charges [JURIST [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Billionaire financier Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty Thursday to 21 charges of fraud, conspiracy, and obstruction in the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website] but remained in prison overnight. Prosecutors opposed Stanford's release by filing a memorandum in support [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website, in Russian] on Thursday ordered the retrial of three men acquitted [JURIST report] of involvement in the 2006 shooting death of journalist Anna Politkovskaya [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The court vacated the acquittals [Moscow Times report] of Sergei Khadzhikurbanov, Dzhabrail Makhmudov, and [read more]

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