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Legal news from Monday, October 11, 2010
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban [official website, in Hungarian] announced Monday that police have arrested [press release, in Hungarian] Mal Rt [corporate website, in Hungarian; Reuters backgrounder] CEO Zoltan Bakonyi on criminal negligence charges for the company's role in last week's Akja chemical spill [CNN backgrounder]. Orban also announced [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] French authorities have arrested alleged Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader Callixte Mbarushimana under a warrant from the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], the ICC announced [press release] Monday. The court charged Mbarushimana, a former UN employee, with five counts of crimes against [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The World Coalition Against the Death Penalty on Sunday marked the 8th World Day against the Death Penalty [advocacy websites], specifically urging the US, Iran and China to end the death penalty [press release]. French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner [BBC profile] encouraged all countries that still embrace the death [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Belgrade Appeals Court on Monday overturned the war crimes conviction of former Bosnian officer Ilija Jurisic and ordered a retrial. The court reasoned that September 2009 proceedings in the War Crimes Chamber [HRW backgrounder] of the Belgrade District Court provided insufficient evidence [AP report], releasing Jurisic and overturning [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] on Friday unanimously upheld the constitutionality of the controversial Human Security Act (HSA) 2007 [text, PDF], ruling the petitioners lacked legal standing to challenge the law because it had not caused them any actual damage. In its decision, the court noted [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two Greek police officers accused in the shooting death [JURIST news archive] of 15-year-old Alexis Grigoropoulos [BBC report], which sparked violent demonstrations and riots in 2008, were found guilty Monday and sentenced to prison. A panel of judges and jurors found Officer Epameinonta Korkonea guilty of intentional murder [Ta [read more]

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