Legal news from Saturday, April 4, 2009
13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Bavaria's Secretary of Justice Beate Merk told reporters Saturday that the deportation of Nazi prison camp guard John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive], does not amount to torture. Demjanjuk was recently charged with 29,000 counts of accessory to murder [JURIST report] by German prosecutors for his alleged involvement [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] on Friday strongly criticized [AFP report] the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] investigation into possible war crimes that were committed during recent fighting in the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. In an interview with a reporter, Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] may lift travel and money transfer restrictions with Cuba [State Department backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to statements by administration officials Saturday. The new rules [AP report] would allow Americans with family members in Cuba to make unlimited trips to the country and [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] A senior judge in the UK House of Lords [official website] on Friday criticized [BBC report] the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website], saying the court has overstepped its bounds and is attempting to create a "federal law of Europe." In a recent lecture, Lord Hoffman [BBC [read more]

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