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Legal news from Wednesday, December 21, 2011
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Libyan government to find a way, amid security concerns, to grant access to a lawyer [press release] to Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the son of deceased former dictator Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Fred Abrahams, a special adviser [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] ruled [judgment text; press release, PDF] Wednesday that an asylum seeker may not be transferred to a member state if there is a risk he will be subjected to inhumane treatment. In so ruling, the ECJ rebutted the presumption that member [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Russia Presidential Council on Civil Society and Human Rights under President Dmitry Medvedev [official profile; JURIST news archive] called for the prosecutor general to petition to annul the conviction of ex-oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] in a report released Wednesday. The council found fundamental [read more]

11:12 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website] on Wednesday sentenced former Rwandan political party leaders, Matthieu Ngirumpatse and Edouard Karemera, to life in prison for their role in the 1994 Rwandan Genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The court was unanimous in condemning Ngirumpatse [BBC report], who [read more]

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[JURIST] Lawyers for former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [personal website; JURIST news archive] filed notice Tuesday that they will appeal his conviction and 14-year sentence on corruption charges. Judge James Zagel of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] handed down the sentence [JURIST report] [read more]

09:12 EDT

[JURIST] The European Court of Justice (ECJ) [official website] on Wednesday upheld [judgment text; press release, PDF] an EU law forcing foreign airlines using EU airports to pay fees for greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive]. The finding that the carbon emission fees do not violate international law, as several [read more]

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