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Legal news from Wednesday, July 1, 2009
15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Russian law outlawing gambling in most of the country went into effect Wednesday, with authorities shutting down casinos and confiscating gambling machines. The law, passed [NYT report] in 2007, bans gaming in Russia's cities and towns, but designates some remote areas [BBC report] of the country where gambling [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer for jailed Zimbabwe opposition cabinet member-designate Roy Bennett [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Wednesday that his trial on terrorism charges will begin on October 13. Trust Maanda [advocacy profile] said that prosecutors have also revised [Reuters report] the conditions of Bennett's bail [JURIST report], requiring him [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Fijian Prime Minister Commodore Josaia Voreqe "Frank" Bainimarama [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday announced [press release] plans to establish a new constitution by September 2013. Bainimarama said that the new constitution would be in place at least one year prior to the elections planned for September 2014 [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday announced [press release] that nine prisoners were transferred Saturday to a detention facility in Benin to serve their sentences. A May 18 order by ICTR President Sir Dennis Byron [official profile] requested the transfer from the UN Detention [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyers for terrorism suspect Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday requested access to secret prisons [JURIST news archive] operated by the Central Intelligence Agency [official website] at which their client was held prior to his transfer to Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The motion asks [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The White House on Monday accepted the resignation of impeached federal judge Samuel Kent [JURIST news archive] from his seat on the US District Court for the Southern District of Texas [official website]. In a resignation letter submitted [JURIST report] last week, Kent said he would step down by [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday upheld [press release] Spain's ban of Basque political groups Batasuna [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and Herri Batasuna for their alleged ties to Basque separatist group ETA [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. In Herri Batasuna and Batasuna v. Spain [judgment, [read more]

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