Legal news from Tuesday, May 29, 2007
20:05 EDT

[JURIST] Asian and European countries agreed Tuesday to set new international emissions standards by 2009, after a two-day conference in Hamburg, Germany that included representatives from over 40 nations. Supporters of the new deadline said it was necessary in light of the impending 2012 expiration of the Kyoto Protocol [text; [read more]

19:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi interim government arrested seven prominent citizens Tuesday in the latest chapter of its anti-corruption campaign [JURIST news archive]. The military-backed regime detained four former government ministers, two mayors, and an ex-president of the Federation of Bangladesh Chamber of Commerce and Industry [official website]. Those arrested included former [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] granted certiorari Tuesday in four cases [order list, PDF] to be heard next term. In Hall Street v. Mattel (06-989) [docket; cert. petition, PDF] the court will resolve a circuit split on whether parties may contractually agree to vacate an [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] UK government terrorism law watchdog Lord Carlile of Berriew [party profile] Tuesday warned against the country opting out of the European Convention of Human Rights (ECHR) [PDF text] in the process of adopting tougher anti-terrorism legislation [JURIST report] and expanding the scope of control orders [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] Three Russian deputy police chiefs charged with criminal negligence [JURIST report] in connection with their conduct during the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] in which over 300 civilians were killed received amnesty from a Russian court Tuesday. Relatives of the victims, most of whom [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] A South Korean appellate court Tuesday upheld the conviction of two Samsung [corporate website] executives connected with illegal stock trading [JURIST report]. Tae-Hak Huh and Ro-Bin Park were convicted of breach of duty in 2005 for selling a controlling stake of Samsung holding company Samsung Everland [corporate website] to [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian appeals court has acquitted human rights lawyer Abdolfattah Soltani [Amnesty appeal; Wikipedia profile] of charges related to espionage after he spent seven months in prison, Soltani said Monday. According to Soltani, the appeals court held that there was "no proof" of illegal action on his part. Soltani [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] has begun an investigation into a proposed purchase of advertising management technology company DoubleClick Inc. by Google Inc. [corporate websites] for possible anti-trust violations, the New York Times reported Tuesday. Google announced [press release] its plans to purchase DoubleClick for $3.1 [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Jordan's High Judiciary Board appointed Ihssan Barakat [AWLN profile] as Chief of the Court of First Instance Monday, marking the first time a woman will preside over a team of judges in the country. Barakat said that "this is a very important step for Arab women in the region," [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] UN human rights envoy Yash Ghai [appointment notice] arrived in Cambodia [JURIST news archive] Tuesday to prepare his latest report on the country's rights situation but encountered opposition from Cambodian authorities who claim that Ghai's previous reports were distorted. Ghai had expressed hope that he would be able to [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] will not be influenced by post-judgment possibilities in deciding the petition filed by suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry [official website; JURIST news archive], presiding Justice Khalilur Rehman Ramday said in court Tuesday. Chaudhry claims his removal was illegal and that Pakistan's [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Iran formally charged two more people in an alleged espionage conspiracy against the government that has left Dr. Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile] detained in the Evin Prison [BBC backgrounder] for three weeks, a spokesperson for the Iranian judiciary said Tuesday. The government for the first time confirmed the arrest [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] ruled Tuesday that an employee cannot bring a lawsuit for pay discrimination under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 [text] for allegedly discriminatory actions that occurred outside the statutory limitations period even when a paycheck is received [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] British authorities submitted a formal extradition request to Russia on Monday, seeking Andrei Lugovoy in the poisoning-murder of former KGB agent Alexander Litvinenko [BBC profile; BBC timeline]. Last week, UK Attorney General Lord Goldsmith rejected a Russian offer to try Lugovoy in Russia, calling for his extradition [JURIST report] [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Chinese court sentenced Zheng Xiaoyu, former commissioner of China's State Food and Drug Administration [official website, in Chinese], to death on Tuesday for taking bribes in exchange for his approval of substandard drugs. Zheng received over $832,000 in bribes, allowing eight companies to bypass the drug approval process, [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] Venezuelan Information Minister William Lara has filed lawsuits against media giant CNN and Venezuelan broadcast network Globovision [media websites], alleging that the two stations presented false information concerning Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile] and that Globovision issued a call for Chavez's assassination. The government is seeking an order [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A conflict over constitutional changes in the Turkish parliament became physical Monday as nearly a dozen MPs started fighting on the parliamentary floor after one member criticized Turkish President Ahmet Necdet Sezer [official profile]. The parliament was debating a constitutional change to presidential elections, an amendment Sezer had originally [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Zimbabwean government minister confirmed on Monday that the government will proceed with plans to enact the National Indigenisation and Empowerment Bill, which would force foreign business owners to give up controlling interests in private companies located inside Zimbabwe [JURIST news archive]. The bill was approved by the Zimbabwean [read more]

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