Legal news from Monday, December 28, 2009
14:12 EDT

[JURIST] A Vietnamese court on Monday sentenced pro-democracy dissident Tran Anh Kim to five and a half years in prison for subversion under Article 79 [text] of the Vietnamese penal code. During a four-hour trial Kim admitted being to member of the banned groups Democracy Party of Vietnam and Bloc [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama on Monday announced steps [transcript] the federal government is taking to address air travel security following the Friday attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to detonate an explosive device on Northwest Airlines Flight 253. He said that as soon as the attempted attack was discovered, officials [read more]

13:12 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice [official website] has begun investigating political donations and other connections between billionaire financier Allen Stanford [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], accused of defrauding investors [indictment, PDF; JURIST report] out of $7 billion, and US lawmakers, according to a Sunday report [text] by the Miami [read more]

12:12 EDT

[JURIST] The Philippine Department of Justice (PDOJ) [official website] on Monday began the trial of over 600 people charged with rebellion for allegedly interfering with government operations following the November killings [PDOJ release] of 57 in the country's semi-autonomous province of Maguindanao. All but five of the accused missed a [read more]

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