Legal news from Monday, February 21, 2011

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor on Monday requested that Foreign Ministry officials take steps to freeze any foreign assets belonging to former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile] and his family.Prosecutor Abdel Magid made the request [AFP report] even though Mubarak submitted a declaration of wealth indicating that he possessed no … [read more]

[JURIST] Indian President Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil [official website] announced Monday that the government will work to eradicate corruption. In her address to both houses of Parliament [official website] to open the budget session, Patil stated that India will take measures to ratify the UN Convention Against Corruption [text, PDF] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Tunisian Ministry of Foreign Affairs [official website] on Sunday submitted a formal request to Saudi Arabian authorities to extradite ousted former president [press release, in Arabic] Zine Al Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] following the filing of additional charges. In addition to charges of money … [read more]

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors have dropped a criminal investigation against former Countrywide Financial Corporation [JURIST news archive] executive Angelo Mozilo, concluding that he was not involved in any criminal conduct during his time as director over the company, according to Friday reports. Mozilo is most identified with taking part in the … [read more]

[JURIST] Former UK Lord Chief Justice Lord Woolf warned Monday that a British Bill of Rights, as proposed by various members of the British government, would conflict [BBC audio] with the European Convention on Human Rights [text, PDF], which the UK has incorporated into its law. While the government has … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bombay High Court [official website] on Monday upheld [judgment, PDF] the conviction and death sentence of Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Amir Kasab [NDTV profile], the only surviving gunman of the three-day siege of Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 166 in November 2008. The court also … [read more]

[JURIST] The Libyan government is considering adopting a constitution and allowing greater freedoms, Saif al-Islam, son of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile], announced Monday in a televised address [video] following several days of protests. In the address, Saif al-Islam also called for an end to the protests, warning of … [read more]

[JURIST] A military court in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Monday found Lt Col Kibibi Mutware guilty of involvement in mass rapes that took place on New Year's Day and sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment, dismissing him from the military. The … [read more]

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