Legal news from Tuesday, June 16, 2009
14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese state media reported Tuesday that Beijing is ready to switch from gunshot executions [China Daily report] of condemned prisoners to lethal injections [JURIST news archive]. A spokesperson for the Supreme People's Court (SPC) [official website, in Chinese] said that lethal injection is "cleaner, safer, and more convenient." China [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] War crimes suspects entering or residing in the UK are often immune from prosecution for their acts, according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by Aegis Trust [advocacy website]. The report refers to a "significant number" of alleged war criminals and perpetrators of genocide in the UK that [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] US Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI) [official website] introduced a bill [S 1261 materials; press release] Monday to reform the 2005 Real ID Act [text, PDF; JURIST news archive] and enhance the security of driver's licenses. The Providing for Additional Security in States' Identification Act of 2009 (PASS ID) seeks [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan prosecutors have charged 17 Somalis with piracy [JURIST news archive]. The men, arrested by US Naval forces in the Gulf of Aden in May, were turned over to the Kenyan authorities [Reuters report] last Wednesday and charged [AP report] Thursday. Also last week, the Swedish Navy turned over [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Peruvian Prime Minister Yehude Simon [official profile, in Spanish] announced Monday that the Executive Branch would ask the Peruvian Congress [official website, in Spanish] to repeal controversial land laws [Andina report, in Spanish] that led to indigenous protests and violent clashes last week when police attempted to disperse groups [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Former oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] called for a reform of Russia's court system in an article [text, in Russian] published Monday in the weekly magazine Kommersant Vlast [media website, in Russian]. The jailed former Yukos [JURIST news archive] chief executive said that putting an [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] on Monday released redacted documents that describe the alleged torture and abuse of Guantanamo Bay detainees in CIA custody, transcribed from Combatant Status Review Tribunal [JURIST news archives] hearings. The documents, released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] lawsuit [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iran's Guardian Council of the Constitution [official website; in Persian] said Tuesday that it would conduct a partial recount of disputed presidential election results [BBC backgrounder] after the country's spiritual leader and highest authority, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official profile; BBC profile] ordered an investigation on Monday into allegations of [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that Exxon Mobil [corporate website] owes interest on the more than $500 million in punitive damages awarded against it following the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill [EPA backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The court found [read more]

05:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Monday ordered [text, PDF] former Democratic Republic of Congo (DCR) [BBC backgrounder] rebel leader Jean Pierre Bemba [ICC materials; JURIST news archive] to stand trial for the alleged commission of violent war crimes. The prosecution contends that Bemba's actions in the [read more]

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