Legal news from Friday, June 4, 2010
15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev [official website; BBC profile] on Thursday announced during a local TV broadcast that he will not sign a controversial law that would grant him several presidential powers for life, even if he stepped down from office. Nazarbayev would be given a significant amount of power [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] Three tobacco companies on Thursday joined a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging a New York City Department of Health [official website] regulation [text, PDF] requiring stores to display graphic anti-tobacco ads where tobacco products are sold. Altria Group, Lorillard, and Reynolds American [corporate websites] joined the suit filed by New [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] Authorities in India announced Friday that Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile], the lone gunmen to survive the three-day siege of Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 166 in November 2008, has filed an appeal challenging his conviction. Kasab, a Pakistani national, was convicted last month [JURIST [read more]

12:06 EDT

[JURIST] An Argentine federal court on Thursday commenced trial proceedings for five ex-military officials allegedly responsible for the death of 65 left-wing activists during the nation's 1976-83 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The former dictators are charged with the illegal detention, torture, and murder of detainees at a [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Senior UN officials on Thursday condemned the killing of human rights activist Floribert Chebeya in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC country profile] and called for an investigation into his murder. Chebeya was found dead in his car on Wednesday, one day after being asked to attend a [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei [official website; BBC profile] on Wednesday pardoned or commuted the sentences of 81 protesters arrested following the disputed 2009 presidential election [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The pardons were made upon the request [FNA report] of the head of the Supreme Judicial System [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] UN rights experts on Thursday called on the UN Human Rights Council [official website] to investigate findings from a report [text, PDF; JURIST report] released earlier this year detailing the secret imprisonment of terrorism [JURIST news archives] suspects by 66 countries including the US, Ethiopia, Romania, and Pakistan. UN [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Thursday lauded the Turkish government for its conviction of several prison and police officials [press release] for the torture and death of anti-government activist Engin Ceber while in police custody. Tuesday's conviction marks the first time a Turkish court has convicted a [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] A joint statement [text] issued by the US and EU on Thursday emphasized the need to respect international human rights and religious freedom in counter-terrorism efforts. The EU-US 2010 Declaration on Counter-Terrorism was adopted by the Council of the European Union [official website] and US representatives in Luxembourg. The [read more]

08:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Thursday began the trial of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [JURIST news archive] on charges of federal honest services fraud, racketeering, attempted extortion, bribery, conspiracy to commit bribery, and conspiracy to commit extortion. US District Judge [read more]

07:06 EDT

[JURIST] The European Commission [official website] announced Thursday that it would pursue legal action [press release] against the UK for its failure to comply with EU air quality standards. The Directive on ambient air quality and cleaner air for Europe [Directive 2008/50/EC materials] limits the concentrations of certain air pollutants, [read more]

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