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Legal news from Tuesday, May 3, 2011
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and the National Immigration Law Center (NILC) [advocacy websites] on Tuesday filed a class action lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging Utah's controversial immigration law [HB 497 materials; JURIST news archive]. The bill, which has been compared to the Arizona immigration law [SB 1070 materials; [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Honduran court on Monday dismissed the two remaining charges of conspiracy against former president Manuel Zelaya [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], allowing him to return to the country. The ruling could lead to Honduras being readmitted to the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website], which expelled the [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Spain's National Court on Tuesday sentenced [text, PDF, in Spanish] two Somali pirates to 439 years in prison each for their involvement in the 2009 hijacking of a Spanish fishing boat off the coast of Somalia. Pirates Cabdiweli Cabdullahi and Raageggesey Hassan Aji were apprehended by Spanish officials when [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The lawyer for accused Nazi guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile, JURIST news archive] called for acquittal Tuesday as he presented his closing arguments in a German courtroom. Defense lawyer Ulrich Busch also argued that Demjanjuk should be awarded damages for false imprisonment [Reuters report]. Demjanjuk is accused of helping [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] revealed that investigators have evidence that Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] committed crimes against humanity. During an interview with the Associated Press, Ocampo said he would soon be seeking five arrest warrants [Reuters report] for [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Journalism rights group Reporters without Borders (RSF) [advocacy website] on Tuesday released its annual list of predators of press freedom [materials; press release], which included the heads of state of several countries in the Middle East and North Africa. The list is composed of 38 world leaders and organizations, [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Sudanese opposition leader Hassan al-Turabi [BBC profile] was released from jail Tuesday, nearly four months after his January arrest. Al-Turabi was jailed [JURIST report] for calling on the Sudanese people to start a popular uprising, similar to Tunisia [JURIST news archive]. Al-Turabi, the Islamist leader of the Popular Congress [read more]

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