Legal news from Tuesday, September 9, 2008
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The government of the Netherlands on Tuesday detailed its plans to ban the burqa [JURIST news archive] in and around all primary schools, including Muslim institutions. In a letter to parliament [official website], Education Minister Ronald Plasterk [official website] predicted that a bill to prohibit the head-to-foot garment would [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Taipei District Court on Tuesday cleared former Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian [official profile; BBC profile] of defamation charges stemming from Taiwan's 1991 purchase of six frigates from France. Six retired Taiwanese admirals filed suit against Chen following his 2005 televised comments [DPA report] suggesting that the group received [read more]

14:09 EDT

[JURIST] Three of the four sitting US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website; JURIST news archive] members on Monday denounced a report [PDF text; DOJ materials] released by the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website; JURIST news archive] as "a blueprint for radically weakened enforcement" of federal antitrust law. [read more]

11:09 EDT

[JURIST] Thai Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej [official website, English version; BBC profile] and his cabinet were ousted Tuesday following a guilty verdict from the Constitutional Court of Thailand [official website, in Thai] on the charge that Samak violated the constitution when he accepted payment for his appearance on a television [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website] said Monday that she has been summoned [UNIAN report] to testify before Ukraine's Prosecutor General’s Office on September 11. An official for the office has said that her testimony is being sought by prosecutors investigating the 2004 poisoning of President Viktor Yushchenko [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday revived the possibility of several state-law claims against individuals and entities connected to Enron Corp. [JURIST news archive] by ruling [opinion, PDF] that Texas courts may decide whether the period allotted for bringing [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Pakistani Ambassador to the US, Husain Haqqani [official profile], met with US officials on Sunday to discuss the release of six Pakistani citizens currently being held at the US military detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Pakistani media outlets, including the Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Serbian National Assembly [official website, English version] on Tuesday ratified a Stabilization and Association Agreement (SAA) [PDF text; EU backgrounder] to guide it toward accession [EU materials; Serbian government materials] to the European Union (EU) [official website; JURIST news archive]. The parliament voted 140-28 in favor of the [read more]

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