Legal news from Tuesday, February 8, 2011
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Syrian Internet users reported on Tuesday that social media sites Facebook [website; JURIST news archive] and YouTube [website; JURIST news archive] are accessible without proxy servers or VPNs. Syria appears to be lifting the ban imposed in 2007 as a concession to avoid popular upheaval [DP report] in Syria. [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Hungary agreed Monday to change its controversial media law [text, PDF] following negotiations between Hungarian and EU representatives. The new law, which controls private television and radio broadcasters, newspapers, and online news sites, has been criticized as being too restrictive of freedom of expression. Last month, European Commission Vice [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Iraqi government is operating secret prisons, and suspects held in Iraqi custody have been systematically tortured since before the 2003 US invasion, according to a Tuesday report [text, PDF] from Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website]. The report, "Broken Bodies, Tortured Minds: Abuse and Neglect of Detainees in Iraq," [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Federal Investigation Agency of Pakistan [official website] on Monday named former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] as an accused in the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. Musharraf's name was included on an interim criminal charge-sheet [BBC report] after [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Closing arguments began Tuesday in the trial of former Liberian president Charles Taylor [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity, despite Taylor's absence from the courtroom. UN prosecutors said the trial will proceed [Telegraph report] despite Taylor and his lawyer, Courtenay Griffiths, [read more]

09:02 EDT

[JURIST] A Milan court on Monday ordered Italian authorities to release former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdel Ben Mabrouk [NYT materials], finding that the eight years Mabrouk served at Guantanamo and the year he spent in an Italian prison were sufficient punishment. The judge handed Mabrouk a two-year [read more]

08:02 EDT

[JURIST] Bank of America (BOA) [corporate website] has reached a $410 million settlement in a class action suit accusing the bank of excessive overdraft fees, according to documents submitted Friday in the US District Court Southern District of Florida [official website]. BOA is among more than two dozen US, Canadian [read more]

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