Legal news from Wednesday, May 12, 2010
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Australian Federal Police (AFP) [official website] on Wednesday apprehended alleged Serbian war criminal Dragan Vasiljkovic [Trial Watch backgrounder; JURIST news archive] in New South Wales. Vasilijkovic, also known as Daniel Sneeden, had been on the run since March 30 after the High Court [official website] ordered his extradition [read more]

15:05 EDT

[JURIST] The lower house of the Kazakhstan parliament [official website] approved a constitutional amendment Wednesday to expand the powers of President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website]. The bill, which deems Nazarbayev "leader of the nation," grants immunity for acts carried out while in office. It also makes it illegal [NAKT report] [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] Ukrainian prosecutors said Wednesday that they have reopened a criminal investigation [press release, in Ukrainian] of opposition leader and former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive]. The probe into accusations that Tymoshenko attempted to bribe Supreme Court judges was originally opened in May 2004 and then [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] A US military judge announced tuesday that the trial of Guantanamo Bay detainee Omar Khadr [DOD Materials; JURIST news archive] will begin on August 10 [scheduling order, PDF]. Army Col. Patrick Parrish also ordered pre-trial hearings [JURIST report] on the admissibility of Khadr's alleged confession to resume July 12. [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The US court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit [official website] on Tuesday rejected [order text] a motion by former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] to postpone his trial until the US Supreme Court [official website] issues its decision on whether the federal honest services fraud statute [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] Canadian resident Prapaharan Thambithurai pleaded guilty Tuesday to raising money for the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) [JURIST news archive] in the nation's first case involving fundraising for a banned terrorist group. Thambithurai admitted raising between $2,000 and $3,000 [Globe and Mail report] between late 2007 and March [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Oklahoma Senate [official website] on Tuesday voted 32-11 in favor of a bill [HB 3284, RTF] that would require women seeking an abortion [JURIST news archive] to complete a questionnaire. The bill, known as the Statistical Abortion Report Act, would require women to answer questions [NewsOK report] such [read more]

08:05 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Ohio [official website] on Monday ruled [order, PDF] that the US Treasury Department [official website] must show probable cause for freezing the assets of an Ohio-based charity suspected of having ties to the militant Islamic group Hamas [read more]

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