Legal news from Tuesday, February 1, 2011

[JURIST] French authorities announced Tuesday the identity of a Serbian man arrested a day earlier and suspected of participating in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive] in Bosnia, where a total of 8,000 Bosnian Muslims were killed. Milorad Momic, who has allegedly been living under a false name in … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay [official website], offered technical assistance [press release] on Tuesday to Haitian authorities in the prosecution of former Haitian president Jean-Claude Duvalier [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for serious human rights violations. Pillay urged prosecutors to move forward, indicating that violations … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District Court for Idaho [official website] dismissed a lawsuit Friday brought by environmentalists challenging Idaho's state-created "roadless rule" [JURIST news archive] to protect its forests. Judge B Lynn Winmill's ruling upholds Idaho's plan [AP report] to manage its 9 million … [read more]

[JURIST] An Italian court on Monday convicted former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohamed Ben Riadh Nasri [NYT materials] on terror charges and sentenced the Tunisian man to six years in prison. Prosecutors accused Nasri of working for a terror group [AP report] associated with al Qaeda while living … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the Lahore High Court [official website] on Tuesday ordered that US consulate worker Raymond Davis be held for the murder of two men in Pakistan last week, ignoring US protests [press release; JURIST report] that Davis enjoys diplomatic immunity. Chief Justice Ijaz Ihmad Chaudhry [official profile] … [read more]

[JURIST] Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (D) [official website] signed a bill [SB 1716 materials] on Monday legalizing same-sex civil unions [JURIST news archive] in the state. The "Illinois Religious Freedom and Civil Union Act," seeks to provide "adequate procedures for the certification and registration of a civil union" as well … [read more]

[JURIST] Accused Nazi war criminal and US citizen Peter Egner [JURIST news archive] passed away last week at a retirement community in Bellevue, Washington. A US trial to revoke Egner's citizenship was scheduled to begin on February 22 [Reuters report] in the US District Court for the Western District of … [read more]

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