Legal news from Monday, February 15, 2010
13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian official Mohammad Javad Larijani told the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] Monday that Iran is fulfilling its human rights obligations [video]. Larijani also said that the nation has implemented long-term plans to protect human rights [Reuters report]. Larijani rejected criticism suggesting the nation engaged in the [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said in an interview [NYT report] with the New York Times Sunday that he hopes to hold a civilian trial for accused 9/11 conspirator Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], but that a military tribunal must be considered in the [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Hundreds of Pakistani lawyers boycotted the courts Monday in protest of the recent clash between President Asif Ali Zardari and the Supreme Court of Pakistan [official websites]. Lawyers protested and boycotted the courts [AFP report], refusing to attend court proceedings in Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar, Karachi, and Quetta, after the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Beijing court on Friday indicted Huang Guangyu, formerly China's richest man [Hurun report], with insider trading, bribery, and illegal business practices. The charges [WSJ report], brought by the Supreme People's Procuratorate [official website, in Chinese] come almost 15 months after Huang was initially placed under detention. His case [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos [official profile] announced Monday that Spain will accept five detainees currently being held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. Spain had previously agreed [JURIST report] to accept only two detainees, one Yemeni and one Palestinian, in response to a June request [AFP report] [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] The New South Wales Supreme Court [official website] on Monday sentenced five men for conspiring to commit acts of terrorism. The five men are Australian citizens from Sydney and are of Lebanese, Libyan, and Bangladeshi descent. The lead conspirator and his lieutenant were sentenced [SMH report] to 28 years [read more]

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