Legal news from Friday, June 18, 2010
16:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website; JURIST news archive] on Thursday ruled [judgment text] 7-0 that Canadians have a limited right to government information if the information is necessary to the effective exercise of the freedom of expression and is not privileged. The court held that under § [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] A UN independent human rights expert on Thursday called for the immediate release [press release] of Myanmar pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and other "prisoners of conscience" in order to create improved conditions for upcoming elections. Suu Kyi is currently awaiting the decision [read more]

15:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Taiwan High Court [official website, in Chinese] on Friday extended the jail sentence [press release, in Chinese] of former Taiwanese president Chen Shui-bian [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for two months while the former leader prepares his appeal to a 20-year sentence for corruption and embezzlement. The court [read more]

14:06 EDT

[JURIST] A ruling was released Thursday by Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) [official website] denying a request from former Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Ghailani [GlobalSecurity profile; JURIST news archive] to be exempt from prison strip searches, citing security concerns. [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official profile] on Thursday announced [text] that the Security Cabinet has agreed to ease the nation's land blockade of the Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. The Israeli government has been under increasing international pressure to review its policy towards Gaza since its May 31 raid [read more]

13:06 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Thursday released a report [text, PDF; press release] detailing the globalization of organized crime [JURIST report] and its threat to international security. The report specifically addressed the global economic impact of human and drug trafficking, sale of illicit [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] The US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Thursday indicted [indictment, PDF] Pakistani-born US citizen Faisal Shahzad [BBC profile] on 10 counts of terrorism and weapons charges related to his alleged role in last month's attempted car bombing in New York's Times Square. [read more]

11:06 EDT

[JURIST] A Utah firing squad executed inmate Ronnie Lee Gardner [BBC backgrounder] on Friday, after the US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] failed to stay the execution [order, PDF]. The execution comes as the first of its kind [CBS report] in the US in 14 years, and only [read more]

10:06 EDT

[JURIST] Canada's Commission of Inquiry [official website] into the 1985 bombing of Air India Flight 182 [CBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] released its final report [materials] Thursday. Led by former Canadian Supreme Court justice John Major [official profile], the Commission found that there were various institutional organizations that did not [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Netherlands Rotterdam District Court [official website, in Dutch] on Thursday sentenced [judgment, in Dutch; press release] a group of Somali pirates [JURIST news archive] to five years in prison for hijacking a cargo ship registered in the Netherlands Antilles. The five men were arrested last year during an [read more]

09:06 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) [official website] on Thursday opened a new proceeding [press release, PDF] to identify the legal approach that will best support its efforts to develop universal access to "high quality" Internet broadband services. The FCC was forced to revisit its method of broadband regulation under [read more]

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