Legal news from Monday, February 1, 2010
12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) is investigating whether Blackwater [JURIST news archive], now known as Xe, bribed Iraqi officials to allow them to continue operating in the country following shooting deaths in 2007 [JURIST report], the New York Times reported [text] Monday. The fraud division of the DOJ [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Police in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) on Monday arrested [press release] former Bosnian Army commander Zulfikar Alispago for war crimes allegedly committed during the Bosnian civil war [JURIST news archive]. Alispago, the former commander of a special unit known as "Zulfikar," is under investigation by the BiH war crimes [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Top Iranian judge Sadeq Larijani said Monday that any further executions of anti-government protesters [JURIST news archive] will be based on the law [statement, in Persian] rather than on political pressure. Refusing to heed calls for more executions to stop opposition demonstrations, Larijani emphasized that all penalties will observe [read more]

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[JURIST] Two high-ranking Israeli military officers have been disciplined for firing shells into a populated area of the Gaza strip during last year's Operation Cast Lead [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], it was revealed Monday. The information was contained in a 46-page report [materials] presented to the UN on Friday describing Israel's role [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Haitian authorities confirmed Sunday that 10 US citizens have been arrested after attempting to bus 33 children across the border into the neighboring Dominican Republic. Haitian Social Affairs Minister Yves Christallin said that a total of 12 people were arrested [AP report] Friday, including the 10 Americans and two [read more]

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[JURIST] Ambassadors from eight countries met with Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada [official profile] on Saturday to urge Japan to sign an international treaty that will help prevent parental child abductions across borders. Representatives from the US, Canada, the UK, Australia, France, New Zealand, Italy, and Spain encouraged Japan to [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] More than 50 countries, including the US, China, and EU member states, submitted plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions [JURIST news archive] to the UN Framework on Climate Change (UNFCC) [official website] prior to a Sunday deadline set by the non-binding Copenhagen Accord [text, PDF; JURIST report]. Relative to [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] As many as 100 anti-Kremlin demonstrators were arrested by Moscow authorities Sunday as they protested against the perceived government curtailing of the right to peaceful assembly. The 300-strong group chanted [BBC report] slogans calling for Prime Minister Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] to step aside. [read more]

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