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Legal news from Monday, August 3, 2009
14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Monday charged Bank of America [corporate website] with misleading investors [complaint, PDF] regarding billions of dollars paid to Merrill Lynch [corporate website] executives during the acquisition of the firm. The complaint alleges that, during the merger of the companies, [read more]

12:08 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official profile; BBC profile] on Monday endorsed [press release] President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for a new four-year term, saying that his election was a vote toward combating poverty, corruption, and discrimination. After praising Ahmadinejad as being a "hard-working and [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Kenya should establish an independent tribunal [press release] to prosecute those believed to be responsible for the post-election violence in Kenya [JURIST report] in late 2007 and early 2008 instead of relying on its own judicial system, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Monday. The HRW statement comes [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] A Malaysian court charged 29 protesters on Monday for their alleged involvement in weekend rallies against the country's Internal Security Act (ISA) [text, PDF; AI backgrounder]. The law, which allows indefinite detainment without trial, was protested by an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 people in Kuala Lumpur, resulting in 589 [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Japan began its first trial under the new lay judge system at the Tokyo District Court [official website, in Japanese] on Monday. Katsuyoshi Fujii is on trial for the murder of his neighbor, a South Korean woman. The proceedings began with the selection of six lay judges [Mainichi Daily [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Sunday convicted Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and former foreign minister and deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of forcing the Kurdish population to be displaced from the northeast of Iraq during the late 1980s. The Supreme Iraqi [read more]

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