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16:07 EDT

[JURIST] The appeals chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday reversed the contempt conviction [press release; judgment summary, PDF] of Astrit Haraqija and affirmed the conviction of Bajrush Morina for interfering with a witness during the trial of former Kosovo Albanian military [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] The International Monetary Fund (IMF) [official website] should require the Sri Lankan government to address human rights abuses [press release] as a condition for a USD $2.5 billion emergency loan, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said Thursday. HRW claims that even after the 25-year civil war between the [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of Mumbai terror attack [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] suspect Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab will continue in an Indian court, despite Kasab's admission of guilt [JURIST report], a judge ruled Thursday. Judge ML Tahilyani ruled that Kasab's confession was incomplete [NYT report], but should be entered into [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US government has turned down requests from two separate UN investigators to visit the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], the Washington Post reported [text] Thursday. UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak and UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official websites] [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday called [press release] on the pre-trial chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] to determine the scope of its prosecutions "to thwart growing perceptions that court decisions are directed by the government." HRW's urging comes [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Wednesday dismissed articles of impeachment [text, PDF] for former federal judge Samuel Kent [JURIST news archive]. The decision to terminate impeachment proceedings came after the White House accepted Kent's resignation [JURIST reports] last month. Kent resigned at the end of June after the [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Computer chip maker Intel Corp. [corporate website] on Wednesday filed an appeal with the European Court of First Instance [official website] challenging a May European Commission (EC) [official website] ruling fining Intel €1.06 billion [JURIST] for violating European Union antitrust laws. The EC ruled that Intel violated the laws [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Russian officials announced on Wednesday that the body of Russian human rights activist Andrei Kulagin had been found in a quarry. Kulagin, the former head of rights group Spravedlivost, had been missing since May [AP report]. Although officials did not comment on the cause of death, Spravedlivost director Andrei [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Credit Suisse broker Julian Tzolov pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple counts of fraud and conspiracy before the US District Court for the Eastern District of New York [official website]. Tzolov is accused [complaint, PDF; JURIST report] of defrauding clients out of more than $400 million [WSJ report] by [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Wednesday summoned former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] to appear before the court and justify his November 2007 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report] in the country. Under the rules, Musharraf had dismissed [JURIST report] many members of the country's [read more]

07:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Wednesday rejected [roll call vote] a proposed amendment to a military appropriations bill [SR 1390 materials] that would allow individuals with permits to carry concealed firearms across state lines. The amendment [S.AMDT.1618 materials] was proposed by Senator John Thune (R-SD) [official profile] and [read more]

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