Legal news from Wednesday, November 17, 2010
14:11 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian blogger Abdel Kareem Nabil [advocacy website] was released on Monday following four years of imprisonment on charges of insulting Islam and causing sectarian strife on his blog [website, in Arabic]. Nabil, a former law student, was convicted in 2007 [JURIST report] for posting statements critical of Islamic authorities [read more]

14:11 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] said Wednesday that the court will not use testimony from three Kenyan witnesses who claim they were bribed to provide false evidence against a high-ranking government official. Ocampo also said that the ICC is looking into additional claims [CP [read more]

13:11 EDT

[JURIST] Pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] filed a petition with Myanmar's High Court on Tuesday seeking to reinstate her opposition party, the National League for Democracy (NLD) [party website]. Myanmar's military government formally abolished [BBC report] the NLD in May for failing to register [read more]

12:11 EDT

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said in an interview [video] Wednesday that he will not sign the execution order for former foreign minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Aziz, who served in the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] as both the [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] Trials began Wednesday in Kyrgyzstan for former president Kurmanbek Bakiyev [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and his administration officials who have been charged with mass murder. The charges stem from an April 7 incident [JURIST report] in which police fired on a crowd of anti-government demonstrators, killing more than [read more]

08:11 EDT

[JURIST] The National Assembly of Hungary passed a bill on Tuesday limiting the jurisdiction of the Constitutional Court [official websites, in Hungarian] on state budget and taxation matters. The law, which passed 261-103, eliminates the court's ability to examine the recent "crisis taxes" imposed on banks, energy companies, foreign retail [read more]

07:11 EDT

[JURIST] Guinean presidential candidate and former prime minister Cellou Dalein Diallo announced Monday that he would take to the Supreme Court to challenge his defeat [press release, in French] in the West African nation's November 7 runoff election. The election, Guinea's first since it gained independence from France in 1958, [read more]

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