Legal news from Monday, October 8, 2007
19:10 EDT

[JURIST] Opponents of an Oregon law [HB 2007 text] that would allow same-sex couples to enter into contractual domestic partnerships [JURIST news archive] with the same state benefits as married couples did not get enough signatures to block the law [press release, PDF], Oregon election officials said Monday. If opponents [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Current Pakistani president and military leader General Pervez Musharraf [official website; BBC profile] appointed General Ashfaq Kiyani as new deputy army chief Monday, in an apparent consummation of his promise to step down as head of the country's military if he won a third term as president. Elections were [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] Intel [corporate website] has asked the European Commission (EC) [official website] to extend its October 8 deadline to respond to antitrust accusations [press release; JURIST report] prepared by the EC in July over Intel's price and rebate tactics, which the EC said had the effect of driving smaller companies, [read more]

18:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court Monday convicted former Home Minister Mohammed Nasim of corruption and sentenced him to 13 years in jail. Nasim's wife was also sentenced in absentia to three years for aiding her husband in accumulating property through "dishonest means." The court ordered the seizure of 12.6 million taka [read more]

17:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Milan prosecutor charged former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] with false accounting on Monday, alleging that his broadcasting company, Mediaset, [corporate website, in Italian] incorrectly reported its costs in purchasing television rights to US films in a ploy to lower taxes in 2000. [read more]

16:10 EDT

[JURIST] Afghanistan has ended a three-year moratorium on the death penalty by executing 15 prisoners Sunday by firing squad at Pul-e-Charkhi [BBC backgrounder], the country's largest prison, Afghanistan's chief of prisons said Monday. The executions are the second confirmed reports of executions being carried out in Afghanistan since the fall [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors know the identity of the person who shot Russian journalist Anna Politkovskaya [JURIST news archive], but have yet to arrest or bring charges against the suspect, lead investigator Petros Garibyan said in an interview [text, in Russian] published in Novaya Gazeta Monday. Although a number of people [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice [official website] issued an opinion [PDF opinion; press release] Monday resolving a maritime boundary dispute between Nicaragua and Honduras [JURIST news archive] and granting possession of four small Caribbean islands to Honduras. Nicaragua filed the suit in 1999, claiming that no legal maritime border [read more]

15:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Bangladeshi government intends to establish a "truth commission" to bolster the economy following a judicial crackdown on business corruption, according to a Bangladesh Supreme Court lawyer drafting a proposal to establish the commission. The truth commission would offer pardons to business people who have been detained on corruption [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] will not investigate allegations made last year that several large telephone companies handed over customer phone records to the government as part of the domestic surveillance program [JURIST news archive] conducted by the National Security Agency (NSA), according to a letter [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] A US House of Representatives resolution labeling the World War I-era killings of over one million Armenians by Turkish soldiers [ANI backgrounder; Turkish DC Embassy backgrounder] as genocide would strain diplomatic ties between the US and Turkey, Turkish head of Parliament Koksal Toptan warned in a letter to US [read more]

13:10 EDT

[JURIST] The military government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] said Monday that opposition leader and democracy advocate Aung San Suu Kyi [JURIST news archive] would likely not be released from house arrest until a new constitution for the country is approved. In a piece published in the state-run New Light [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged China to institute a moratorium on capital punishment [press release] in preparation for the 2008 Beijing Olympics [official website]. HRW commended China for the reported decrease in the number of executions [JURIST report], but expressed concern that "systemic weaknesses in the trial [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The registrar of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia has expressed concern [press release] over the refusal of Bosnian Serb war crimes suspect Zdravko Tolimir [ICTY case backgrounder, PDF] to accept medical treatment in prison while awaiting trial. Hans Holthuis described the situation as "fragile and highly [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] ordered 17 leaders of the Batasuna party [BBC profile] to remain in jail Sunday, after Spanish police arrested 23 senior members [JURIST report] of the political organization last week. Though no explanation for their arrest was released last week, [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Martial law [JURIST news archive] will remain in some regions of Thailand indefinitely, General Winai Phattiyakul said Monday, citing unspecified security concerns in border provinces. Winai said that martial law will be lifted in some provinces, but gave no specifics on when that might occur. Martial law was imposed [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] Blackwater USA [corporate website] private security guards deliberately shot Iraqi civilians during a September shooting incident [JURIST report], a spokesman for Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki said Sunday after the Iraqi government concluded an investigation [JURIST report] into the shooting. The investigation found no evidence that the Blackwater [read more]

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