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Legal news from Monday, March 1, 2010
16:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF; merit briefs] Monday in three cases, including the case of former Enron CEO Jeffrey Skilling [JURIST news archives]. In Skilling v. United States [oral arguments transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court heard arguments on [read more]

14:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Spanish National Court [official website, in Spanish] judge on Monday accused the Venezuelan government of aiding two rebel groups in a plot to assassinate members of the Colombian government in Spain. Judge Eloy Velasco charged [indictment, PDF, in Spanish] six members of the Basque separatist group ETA [GlobalSecurity [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] An international court to prosecute crimes against humanity committed by communist regimes should be created by the European Union (EU) [official website], the participants of the Prague Crimes of the Communist Regime Conference [official website] said in a joint statement [text] Friday. The participants in the conference, organized by [read more]

11:03 EDT

[JURIST] The official Iranian press supervisory body on Monday banned reformist daily newspaper Etemaad [media website, in Persian] and moderate weekly magazine Iran Dokht [media website]. Etemad is known as one of the few reformist newspapers that continued publishing after the June presidential election [JURIST news archive]. Iran Dokht has [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The Turkish government will submit a European Union (EU) [official website] reform package with proposed constitutional changes to Parliament by the end of March, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile, in Turkish; JURIST news archive] said Sunday, following a meeting of the EU Reform Watch Group. The Watch [read more]

10:03 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday ordered [opinion, PDF] a lower court to reconsider the case of seven Chinese Muslim Uighurs detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. The court originally granted certiorari [JURIST report] in Kiyemba v. Obama [docket; CCR backgrounder] to determine [read more]

09:03 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] has filed habeas corpus petitions [press release] on behalf of four detainees held at Bagram Air Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan. The first petition [text, PDF], filed Friday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean law requiring all foreign-owned companies operating in the country to transfer a majority share to local owners went into effect Monday. The Indigenization and Economic Empowerment Act [text, PDF] requires all companies worth more than USD $500,000 to submit information on the racial makeup of their shareholders [read more]

08:03 EDT

[JURIST] Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [case materials; JURIST news archive] appeared before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Monday to defend himself against charges related to war crimes allegedly committed during the 1992-1995 Bosnian conflict. Karadzic began his opening statement by denying [read more]

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