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Legal news from Thursday, May 5, 2011
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official profile] on Thursday urged the government of Bahrain [OHCHR materials] to release detained activists [press release] and exercise restraint against protesters. Pillay called on leaders to "urgently conduct an independent, impartial investigation and bring all those who were responsible for [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast Constitutional Council, the nation's highest court, on Thursday declared Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile] winner of the country's disputed presidential election, reversing a previous decision. The court originally refused to ratify the results of the November election, sparking months of violence between supporters of Ouattara and incumbent [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Kyrgyzstan Inquiry Commission [official website] on Tuesday concluded [report, PDF] that the Kyrgyzstan military handed out weapons to Kyrgyz mobs who attacked minority Uzbeks last summer. The international, independent inquiry into the June 2010 ethnic violence [Guardian backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that resulted in more than 300 deaths [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Thursday insisted on "a full disclosure of the accurate facts" surrounding the killing of al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] leader Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive]. The White House has altered the official account [press briefing] [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Hungarian court on Thursday began the trial of accused Nazi Sandor Kepiro, charged with war crimes committed during the 1942 Novi Sad massacre in Serbia. Kepiro, 97, was named as the world's most wanted Nazi war crimes suspect by the Simon Wiesenthal Center (SWC) [advocacy website], a Jewish [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Former Egyptian interior minister Habib el-Adly was convicted Thursday on charges of corruption and money laundering and sentenced to 12 years in prison. Adly, the first Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] regime official to be convicted [Al Jazeera report] under the Egyptian Supreme Council of the [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] Opponents of the health care reform law [text; JURIST news archive] filed a brief [text, PDF] Wednesday with the US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] requesting a three-judge panel uphold a lower court ruling that struck down the law as unconstitutional. Twenty-six states, led by [read more]

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