Legal news from Friday, September 17, 2010
14:09 EDT

[JURIST] A Rwandan court on Friday sentenced opposition leader Deogratias Mushayidi [AI backgrounder] to life in prison for recruiting rebels and trying to incite violence against the government of current Rwandan President Paul Kagame [official website; BBC profile]. Mushayidi was also given two additional lesser sentences [AFP report] for a [read more]

13:09 EDT

[JURIST] The Swiss Federal Council and Federal Department of Justice and Police (FDJP) [official websites] announced Friday that they will introduce legislation [press release] establishing stricter rules on assisted suicide [JURIST news archive] after a consultation with local governments, government agencies and other organizations found that 75 percent of respondents [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday called for countries around the world to abolish laws discriminating against gay and lesbian individuals [press release]. The message, read on his behalf by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] during a panel discussion about ending [read more]

12:09 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] on Friday issued a condemned the recent mass rapes [text] in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], calling for justice for the victims. In the statement, issued by current Security Council President Ertugrul Apakan, the council reiterated its [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] Former Sri Lankan army chief Sarath Fonseka [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted Friday by a court-martial on charges of corruption and sentenced to three years in prison. The court found [AFP report] that Fonseka gave preference to an arms company operated by his son-in-law. The court's conviction [read more]

09:09 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a South Florida man to 10 years in prison and revoked his citizenship for concealing his involvement in a Guatemalan peasant massacre on his US immigration forms. Authorities claimed that Gilberto Jordan committed naturalization fraud [Reuters report] by concealing his military service and [read more]

08:09 EDT

[JURIST] The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee [official website] on Thursday voted 14-4 [press release] to approve the so-called New START treaty [materials; BBC backgrounder] between Russia and the US. Along with 11 Democrats, three Republicans voted for its passage, including the committee's ranking member Richard Lugar (R-IN) [official website]. [read more]

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