Legal news from Tuesday, June 23, 2009
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Vietnamese pro-democracy lawyer Le Cong Dinh was disbarred Monday from the Ho Chi Minh City Bar [professional association, in Vietnamese] following his recent arrest [JURIST report] for allegedly conspiring against the government. The Bar's disciplinary council concluded [Saigon Giai Phong report] that the prominent lawyer damaged the association's prestige, [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Italian trial of four Google, Inc. [corporate website] executives was delayed Tuesday until September 29 because of an ill interpreter. The four executives, product marketing manager Arvind Desikan, former CFO George Reyes, chief legal officer David Drummond, and privacy executive Peter Fleischer, face trial on criminal defamation charges [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese lawmakers on Monday reviewed a revised version of a state secrets [JURIST news archive] law which aims to update existing legislation to address Internet leaks of classified data. A draft of the amended Law on Guarding State Secrets [text] was passed by the Chinese State Council in April [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] A group of five Kenyans [advocacy profiles, DOC] involved in the country's Mau Mau uprising [advocacy backgrounder, DOC] during the 1950s sued the British government [press release] on Tuesday, alleging that they were abused in British prison camps. The five filed a claim in the High Court in London [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian authorities announced on Tuesday that they would not hold a new presidential election, maintaining that there was no evidence of any major fraud or irregularity in the contested results [BBC backgrounder]. Following its investigation [JURIST report], the country's Guardian Council for the Constitution [official website, in Persian] rejected [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Japanese Diet has passed an anti-piracy law, authorizing the government to dispatch forces to combat pirate attacks [JURIST news archive] against commercial vessels. The law, passed by the House of Representatives [official website, in Japanese] Friday, allows the country's military to protect foreign vessels as well as domestic [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge ordered [text, PDF] the release of a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Monday, ruling that Syrian national Abdulrahim Abdul Razak Al Ginco could not be considered a member of a terrorist organization when originally taken into custody due to the "passage of time, intervening events, [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] US State Department [official website] spokesperson Ian Kelly said Monday that the US is concerned [press briefing] over China's decision to require software that would block certain Internet content. The Chinese government is requiring that all personal computers sold after July 1 include software that is designed filter certain [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The president of the French National Assembly [official website, in French] Bernard Accoyer [official profile, in French] announced Tuesday the creation of a commission to study the wearing of the Muslim burqa [JURIST news archive]. The statement came after French President Nicolas Sarkozy [official website, in French; JURIST news [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Monday signed into law the Family Smoking and Tobacco Prevention Act [HR 1256 text], which grants the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) [official website] certain authority to regulate tobacco products. In remarks [transcript] delivered before signing, Obama stressed the importance of the [read more]

06:06 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda (ICTR) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday sentenced [press release] former Rwandan interior minister Callixte Kalimanzira [ICTR case materials; Trial Watch profile] to 30 years imprisonment on charges of genocide and public incitement. The three-judge panel of Trial Chambers III found that, [read more]

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