Legal news from Sunday, February 21, 2010
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Buddhist monk was sentenced to seven years imprisonment in Myanmar during a visit by UN High Representative for Human Rights Tomas Ojea Quintana [official profile], an opposition lawyer confirmed Saturday. Gaw Thita was convicted [AP report] Wednesday by a special court in Insein Prison [BBC profile] for violating [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Saudi Justice Minister Mohammed al-Eissa [ministry website, in Arabic] announced Saturday that women will be allowed to argue cases in court under a new law that his department is drafting. The law is expected to be issued in the near future and would allow female lawyers to represent [Arab [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Oklahoma state court judge Daniel Owens ruled [press release; docket] Friday that a state law [HB 1595, PDF], making it illegal for a doctor to perform an abortion based on the gender of a fetus and requiring numerous reporting requirements, violates the Oklahoma Constitution [text]. Owens found that the [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website, in Ukrainian] on Saturday withdrew [press release, in Ukrainian] her lawsuit [JURIST report] filed in the Supreme Administrative Court of Ukraine claiming that the country's presidential election was corrupt. Tymoshenko dropped the suit claiming she would not receive a fair hearing in [read more]

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