Legal news from Wednesday, May 5, 2010
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] A French appeals court on Monday refused a US extradition request for Iranian engineer Majid Kakavand, accused of illegally exporting electronic equipment to Iran for military use. Kakavand was detained in France in March 2009 after the US government issued a warrant for his arrest. Kakavand was indicted in [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The appellate division of the Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Wednesday acquitted [press release; case materials] Serb wartime commander Milos Stupar of genocide [BiH Criminal Code Article 171, PDF] charges in connection with his alleged involvement in killings committed at the Srebrenica [JURIST news archive] prison [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Argentine Chamber of Deputies [official website, in Spanish] voted 126-109 Wednesday in favor of a bill to legalize same-sex marriage [JURIST news archive] in the country. The bill would also give gay couples the right to adopt children [Pagina 12 report, in Spanish], one of the bill's more [read more]

13:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Sri Lankan Parliament [official website] on Wednesday eased certain restrictions under the country's state of emergency laws, which have been in place for most of the last 27 years. Lawmakers voted to extend the state of emergency [Colombo Page report] for another month but reduced some of the [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Dutch Public Prosecution Service [official website, in Dutch] announced Tuesday that the public prosecutor for the Utrecht District Court filed an appeal [press release, in Dutch] against the April 22 ruling [JURIST report] acquitting the Arab European League (AEL) of hate speech charges stemming from posting an inflammatory [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] India's Supreme Court [official website] on Wednesday struck down [judgment text] the use of so-called "truth drugs" and lie detector tests in criminal investigations. The court held that the involuntary use of narcoanalysis and polygraph tests "amount[s] to an unwarranted intrusion into personal liberty," and that "no individual should [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The New York Court of Appeals [official website], the state's highest court, issued two rulings Tuesday expanding the rights of nonbiological gay and lesbian parents. In one case, the court ruled [opinion, PDF] 7-0 that a lesbian can assert parental rights over the biological child of her partner, reversing [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A Syrian native held in Canada for more than eight years on a national security certificate [text; PSC backgrounder] on Tuesday sued the Canadian government [statement of claim, PDF] for negligence and false imprisonment. Hassan Almrei filed suit [CP report] in the Ontario Superior Court of Justice [official website] [read more]

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