Legal news from Monday, August 9, 2010
15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Thailand [GlobaLex backgrounder] on Monday conducted the first hearing in the electoral fraud trial of the ruling Democrat Party [party website, in Thai]. The case, brought in June [JURIST report] by the Election Commission of Thailand [official website], could result in the dissolution of the [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] and the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday announced [DOJ press release; BP press release] the completion of negotiations over the implementation of a $20 billion fund [JURIST report] to aid victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced seven Baha'i leaders [case backgrounder] to 20-year prison terms on charges of espionage. The seven were convicted of espionage [AFP report], propaganda activities against the Islamic order, the establishment of an illegal administration and cooperation with Israel. All seven have denied the charges [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] Maldavian Attorney General Husnu Al-Suood [official website] resigned [press release] Sunday after the People's Maljis [official website] failed to approve legislation to make the fledgling democracy's interim Supreme Court [official website] permanent. In his resignation letter, Al-Suood accused the opposition-controlled legislature of having "deliberately not attended to its duties," [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International Australia (AIA) [advocacy website] on Monday criticized the Australian government [report, PDF; press release] for not taking greater measures to eliminate racial discrimination, violating its obligations under international law. The charges were made in a report to the UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination [official [read more]

08:08 EDT

[JURIST] Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website; BBC profile] testified Monday that Israel did not violate international law [transcript] during the May flotilla incident [JURIST news archive], in which Israeli forces raided several Turkish ships bound for the blockaded Gaza Strip [BBC backgrounder]. His testimony was the first heard [read more]

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