Legal news from Monday, July 6, 2009
16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf [BBC profile] should be subject to public sanctions, including a 30-year ban on holding public office, for her role in supporting the country's 1997-2003 civil wars, according to a final report [text, PDF] released Monday by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Liberia (TRC) [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] UK Secretary of State for Defence Bob Ainsworth [official profile] announced Monday that the Ministry of Defence (MOD) [official website] was prepared to establish an independent inquiry into the deaths of 20 Iraqis at a British base outside of Basra in 2004. In a letter read [BBC report] to [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF) [official website] announced Monday that it had begun construction [press release] of a training facility for Iraqi corrections officers (ICO) in anticipation of transferring control of MNF detention facilities to Iraqi forces. Military police commander Lt. Col. Bradley Graul said that the creation of [read more]

12:07 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official profile] said Monday that a renewed commitment to the rule of law should be part of a "reset" in US relations with Russia during an official visit to Moscow. In an interview [text] with Russian opposition newspaper Novaya Gazeta [media website, in Russian], Obama [read more]

10:07 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish military officials on Sunday sent President Abdullah Gul [official website, in Turkish] a letter urging him not to approve a law that would allow prosecution of military personnel in civilian courts during peacetime. Members of the General Staff [official website, in Turkish] said that the law runs counter [read more]

08:07 EDT

[JURIST] A federal bankruptcy judge on Sunday approved [opinion, PDF] the sale of assets held by General Motors (GM) [corporate website] to a new, government-backed company. Judge Robert Gerber of the US Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] granted a motion [text, PDF] seeking the [read more]

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