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Legal news from Friday, May 21, 2010
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish National Court on Friday convicted [judgment, PDF; in Spanish] three members of the Basque separatist group ETA [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on charges relating to a 2006 bombing in Madrid. Mattin Sarasola, Igor Portu, and Mikel San Sebastian were found guilty of murder, attempted murder, and [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The interim government of Kyrgyzstan on Thursday approved a draft constitution [text, DOC; in Russian] that will shift power from the president to the prime minister. The draft constitution defines Kyrgyzstan as a secular state and limits the president to one six-year term in office. It also increases the [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday promised an independent investigation into recent clashes between anti-government protesters know as red shirts [BBC backgrounder] and security officials that left more than 80 dead. Abhisit discussed plans for reconciliation aimed at helping the country heal after [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday in Al Maqaleh v. Gates that detainees held at Bagram Air Force Base [official website; JURIST news archive] in Afghanistan cannot bring habeas corpus challenges in US courts. The circuit court reversed [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A German court on Thursday denied a motion to dismiss charges against alleged Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile, JURIST news archive]. In a series of motions, Demjanjuk's lawyer asserted that the charges should be dismissed due to lack of credible evidence. The court rejected the argument, saying [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] announced Friday that it has acquired new evidence to support allegations of wartime abuses [press release] against civilians by both the government and the rebel Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive] during the final months of the Sri Lankan civil [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs Secretary William Hague [official profile] said Friday that the UK will launch an investigation into allegations that overseas UK operatives were complicit in torture. Hague stated that the new coalition government will initiate a judge-led inquiry into the allegations, but no details were outlined [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate [official website] on Thursday passed the Restoring American Financial Stability Act of 2010 [S 3217 materials], focused on increasing regulation in the financial sector following the recent economic crisis [JURIST news archive]. The bill creates a new regulatory council to monitor financial institutions in order to [read more]

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