Legal news from Tuesday, September 15, 2009
15:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN-backed Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) [official website] in Afghanistan said Tuesday that ballots from about 10 percent of polls need to be recounted because of allegations of fraud in last month's presidential election. Canadian head of the ECC Grant Kippen said that ballots from about 2,500 polling places [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] Both Israel and Palestine committed war crimes that may amount to crimes against humanity during December and January's Operation Cast Lead [Global Security backgrounder] in the Gaza strip, according to a report [text, PDF; press release] released Tuesday by the UN Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict [official [read more]

10:09 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] announced Tuesday that it has approved [decision, PDF] the release of former Bosnian president Biljana Plavsic [ICTY materials; BBC profile]. Her sentence was commuted after she served only two-thirds of her 11-year sentence for persecution. In giving the [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi journalist who threw his shoes at former US president George W. Bush was released from prison Tuesday. Muntader al-Zaidi [BBC profile] was originally sentenced to three years on charges of assaulting a foreign leader but later had his sentence reduced [JURIST reports] to one year on a [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Niger opposition leader who opposed a constitutional referendum [JURIST report] to allow President Mamadou Tandja [BBC profile] to remain in office said Monday that he had been charged with financial crimes. Mahamadou Issoufou, leader of the Nigerien Party for Democracy and Socialism (PNDS) [party website, in French], claims [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US officially took its place on the UN Human Rights Council [official website] for the first time Monday. In an address [text] to the council, US Assistant Secretary for the Organization of International Affairs Esther Brimmer [official profile] discussed four themes the US sees as key to its [read more]

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