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Legal news from Wednesday, October 27, 2010
17:10 EDT

[JURIST] The South Korean National Human Rights Commission (NHRCK) [official website, in Korean] has determined that the provision of the military penal code banning same-sex relationships is unconstitutional, according to a report released Wednesday. Under Article 92 of the South Korean Military Criminal Code, same-sex relationships among soldiers are punishable [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors investigating the secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland on Wednesday gave Saudi terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile, JURIST news archive] victim status, recognizing the validity of his claims that he was mistreated by interrogators. According to ex-CIA officials, al-Nashiri, accused of bombing the [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen [BBC profile] informed UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] in a meeting Wednesday that the government will not allow the prosecution of low-ranking Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] officers by the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website]. Hun [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] on Tuesday struck down [opinion, PDF] a portion of an Arizona law requiring proof of citizenship for voter registration. The court held that the law, Proposition 200 [text, PDF], was inconsistent with the National [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced Tuesday that British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) [corporate website, JURIST news archive] and its subsidiary SB Pharmco Puerto Rico Inc., have agreed to plead guilty to civil and criminal charges [press release] relating to the manufacture and distribution of adulterated [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] urged the US and Iraq to investigate and prosecute those responsible [statement] for alleged human rights abuses in Iraq after thousands of previously classified documents detailing torture [JURIST news archive] by US and Iraqi forces were posted on WikiLeaks [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] issued a permanent injunction [text, PDF] Tuesday that will prevent music file-sharing website LimeWire [website] from providing online users with the software necessary to share copyrighted files. The injunction shut down the website, [read more]

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