Legal news from Thursday, October 28, 2010
15:10 EDT

[JURIST] Secretary-General of Hezbollah [CFR backgrounder] Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah [BBC profile] called Thursday for all Lebanese to boycott the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website; JURIST news archive], a probe into the assassination of former prime minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive]. A crisis is currently developing [AFP [read more]

14:10 EDT

[JURIST] The EU Court of Justice [official website] has reinstated a ban on the import of seal products, according to a ruling [judgment text, in French] released Thursday rejecting challenges by Canada's Inuit hunters and fur traders. Regulation (EC) No 1007/2009 [text, PDF], which recognizes seals as "sentient beings that [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The head of the UK's Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) [official website] made a public statement Thursday defending the use of secrecy [text] for protecting national security, but also acknowledging concerns over some of the agency's adopted tactics. SIS Chief John Sawers [BBC profile] addressed questions about the value of [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court on Thursday upheld the acquittal of eight men accused of attempting to form an al Qaeda cell and planning to attack a US base 70 miles south of Kuwait City. The men were tried and acquitted by a lower court [JURIST report] in May, with [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] The trial of 25 Shia Muslim opposition activists began in Bahrain on Thursday with the activists pleading not guilty to charges of plotting to overthrow the government and supporting terror cells. The activists said that they were working for an unnamed foreign government [JURIST report]. The suspects, who have [read more]

11:10 EDT

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] said Thursday that the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] will decide whether to prosecute additional Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] officers. Ban spoke to reporters after visiting a genocide museum in Phnom Penh, ending a three-day [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict [official website] urged the US on Wednesday not to imprison [letter, PDF] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive]. Radhika Coomaraswamy [official profile], through a letter sent to the US military [read more]

08:10 EDT

[JURIST] The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) [official website] on Wednesday announced that it has ended an inquiry into internal policies and procedures at Google [corporate website; JURIST news archive] that led to the company inadvertently collecting data on unsecured wireless networks while photographing streetscapes for its Street View maps [read more]

07:10 EDT

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Wednesday refused to overturn [order, PDF] a false statements conviction assessed against former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Blagojevich argued that his sole conviction of making false statements to [read more]

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