Legal news from Thursday, April 8, 2010
15:04 EDT

[JURIST] Turkish politician and Kurdish rights activist Leyla Zana [NNDB profile] was sentenced Thursday to three years in prison for spreading terrorist propaganda. Zana was convicted [Zaman report, in Turkish] by a court in the city of Diyarbakir for two speeches delivered at the Kurdish political congress and protest in [read more]

14:04 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] announced Thursday that Spain has agreed to resettle four detainees [press release] from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. The four detainees are in addition to a Palestinian detainee transferred to Spain [JURIST report] earlier this year. The governments have [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Adel Hassan Hamad [advocacy website] filed suit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the Western District of Washington [official website] Wednesday against the US government and more than a dozen government officials. Hamad, a Sudanese aid worker captured in Pakistan [read more]

13:04 EDT

[JURIST] A group of citizens from Kinston, North Carolina, on Wednesday filed suit [complaint, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] claiming that Section 5 [DOJ backgrounder] of the federal Voting Rights Act (VRA) [text] unconstitutionally discriminates on the basis of race. Section 5 [read more]

12:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the Philippines [official website] ruled [judgment text] Thursday that a prominent gay rights organization may field candidates in the upcoming national elections as an accredited political party. The decision invalidates an order [text, PDF] issued by the Commission on Elections (Comelec) [official website] in November [read more]

11:04 EDT

[JURIST] Pakistan's National Assembly [official website] on Thursday unanimously passed a constitutional amendment [text, PDF] that would curtail the powers of the president. The 18th Amendment Bill would reverse the expansion of presidential powers under former military leader Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] by transferring presidential powers to [read more]

10:04 EDT

[JURIST] Former Kyrgyz foreign minister Roza Otunbayeva [Telegraph profile] announced Thursday that she will lead an interim government in Kyrgyzstan after violent protests [JURIST report] Wednesday apparently ousted president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile] and his administration. Otunbayeva, leader of the Social Democratic Party of Kyrgyzstan [party website, in Russian], urged [read more]

09:04 EDT

[JURIST] Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott [official website] announced Wednesday that five additional states will join [press release] in a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the constitutionality of the recently enacted Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act [HR 3590 materials]. The five states - Indiana, North Dakota, Mississippi, Nevada, and Arizona [read more]

08:04 EDT

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev [official profiles] on Thursday signed the so-called New START treaty [text, PDF; BBC backgrounder], pledging to reduce their countries' nuclear warheads by about 30 percent. Under the terms of the treaty and its protocol [text, PDF], both countries would only [read more]

06:04 EDT

[JURIST] The Kenyan Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] declared Wednesday that Kenya's government is attempting to secure the release of Kenyan native Mohammed Abdumalik, who is currently detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive]. The news was revealed in a letter [AP report] to Abdulmalik's family, informing them that [read more]

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