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Legal news from Monday, November 12, 2012
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Monday elected 18 countries [press release], including the US, to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The secret ballot election was held at the UN headquarters in New York, and the following UNGA [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Italian prosecutors on Monday filed suit against five former employees of Standard and Poor's (S&P) and two former employees of Fitch [corporate websites] for allegedly manipulating the market and abusing privileged information that led to the rating agencies' downgrades of Italy. Though magistrates in Rome and Milan have refused [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UK Special Immigration Appeals Commission (SIAC) [official website] on Monday granted the appeal [judgment, PDF] of Muslim cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], allowing him not to be extradited to Jordan. The judge ruled to not extradite Qatada because he could not receive a fair trial [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of former Libyan prime minister Al Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [JURIST news archive] began on Monday, but the hearing was postponed until December 10 to give counsel from both sides additional time to prepare for the case. Mahmoudi served as prime minister under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Ugandan Parliament [official website] will pass a highly controversial anti-gay bill by the end of 2012, the parliament's speaker said on Monday. Speaker Rebecca Kadaga told the Associated Press [report] that the bill reflects the will of a majority of the Ugandan people. Religious figures in Uganda appealed [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippines Supreme Court [official website] said on Monday that it would not allow the live broadcast of the trial over the November 2009 Maguindanao Massacre [CSM backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. This decision reverses a 2011 decision to allow a live broadcast [JURIST report] of the trial of several [read more]

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