Legal news from Friday, June 5, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Britain's High Court of Justice [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Friday that military veterans involved in nuclear tests have the right to sue the Ministry of Defense (MOD) [official website] for injuries resulting from exposure to radiation. The tests carried out by the British Government in Australia and on [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged the UN Security Council [official website] to establish an international body to conduct an inquiry into war crimes allegedly committed in Sri Lanka [JURIST news archive], and to press the Sri Lankan government to allow full access to aid groups, in an open [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Canadian government on Thursday refused a US request to accept Chinese Uighur Muslims from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. A spokesman for Prime Minister Stephen Harper [official profile] affirmed [CBC report] that the Canadian government is not willing to take detainees from the detention facility. Director of communication [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] The trial for former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic [ICTY materials; JURIST news archive] will start in late August and is likely to conclude in early 2012, according to a statement [text, PDF] by the president of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website]. Judge [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Rwandan Prosecutor General [official website] Martin Ngoga told [press release] the UN Security Council [official website] Thursday that the decisions by the International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] not to transfer pending cases to Rwandan jurisdiction, including genocide suspects Jean-Baptiste Gatete [TrialWatch profile; JURIST [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) [official website] on Thursday charged [complaint, PDF] former Countrywide Financial Corporation officials with securities fraud arising from misleading investors. Former CEO Angelo Mozilo [BusinessWeek profile] was additionally charged with insider trading for selling his stock in the company based on inside information, [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies [official websites] on Thursday denied the $60 million requested by President Barack Obama for the closure of the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility by approving a draft bill [opening statement, PDF] funding the US [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Supreme Court [official website] nominee Sonia Sotomayor [WH profile; LOC materials] on Thursday returned a Senate Judiciary Committee [official website] questionnaire [text, PDF; materials] regarding her prior judgments, financial status, potential conflicts of interest, and various other details of her past. The documents, which contain transcripts of past [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday asked the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official websites] to remand the case of two convicted Alaska lawmakers [press release] to district court and to release the prisoners on their own recognizance. Admitting that DOJ prosecutors did not [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish police on Thursday arrested ten military officers and ten others in connection with an alleged coup plot. The Turkish government linked the arrested men [Hurriyet report] with Ergenekon [BBC backgrounder], a Turkish secular nationalist group that is accused of trying to overthrow Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party [read more]

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