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Legal news from Friday, October 22, 2010
16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Haitian prison officers are alleged to have killed 12 detainees "deliberately and without justification," using "inappropriate, abusive and disproportionate force" during a January 19 prison uprising, according to an independent commission, the New York Times [media website] reported [text] Thursday. The Times obtained an exclusive copy of the commission's [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors asked Friday for a 14-year prison sentence in the second case against former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], though his sentence could be reduced based on time served for a prior conviction. Khodorkovsky and his business partner Platon Lebedev [defense website] are charged [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] expressed concern on Friday that security forces in Guinea "committed serious human rights violations" [press release] in subduing demonstrations that took place this week ahead of the run-off presidential election scheduled for Sunday. The OHCHR stated that [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Friday expanded [judgment, PDF] journalists' rights to protect sources while testifying.The decision, delivered by Justice Louis LeBel, expanded a May Supreme Court ruling that denied journalists the overarching ability to guarantee anonymity [JURIST report] during testimony, instead limiting source disclosure to [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Dutch court panel on Friday dismissed the presiding judges in the trial of right-wing politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] in response to claims of judicial bias. Earlier this month, the court rejected Widlers' claims of judicial bias that were fueled by his accusation [JURIST reports] [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Indonesian officials on Friday admitted to their soldiers' involvement in the torture of Papuan detainees, which garnered international outrage after a video of the torture surfaced [CNN report; WARNING: readers may find the video disturbing] this week. Security Affairs Minister Djoko Suyanto [website, in Bahasa] said that the solders [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Two French police officers who chased three teens into a power substation, resulting in two of their deaths from electrocution, will stand trial on criminal charges, lawyers said Friday. The officers are charged with "non-assistance to a person in danger" [CP report] under Article 223-6 of the French penal [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] US Defense Secretary Robert Gates [official profile] issued a memorandum on Thursday limiting the authority to discharge openly gay service members [press release] to five senior Department of Defense (DOD) officials. The memo is seen as a response to the uncertain future of the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" (DADT) [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan government on Thursday continued to defend the Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC), a government mandated probe into alleged rights violations committed during the end of the nation's civil war [JURIST new archive], against widespread criticism. The commission is accused of lacking objectivity [IRIN report], showing [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] on Thursday named Cuban activist Guillermo Farinas [press release] as the recipient of its 2010 Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought [official website]. Farinas has undergone multiple hunger strikes in support of political prisoners and to protest conditions in Cuba, and was the publisher [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Prosecutor General Martin Ngoga said Wednesday that US lawyer and JURIST Forum [website] contributor Peter Erlinder [professional profile; JURIST news archive] will be summoned to face charges of genocide denial in Rwanda. Erlinder, a defense lawyer at the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website], contends that [read more]

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