Legal news from Monday, March 14, 2011

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] called Sunday for greater enforcement of gun laws [op-ed] in the wake of the January shootings in Arizona [JURIST report]. In an opinion piece published by the Arizona Daily Star, Obama called for the implementation of "sound and effective steps" aimed at minimizing … [read more]

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor for the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Monday warned the six Kenyans suspected of inciting the 2007-2008 post-election violence [JURIST news archive] that arrests would ensue if they did not comply with the court's conditions. The warning follows a summons [JURIST … [read more]

[JURIST] The Court of Bosnia and Herzegovina [official website] on Thursday confirmed the indictment [press release, in Croatian] of a former police officer for his role in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre [JURIST news archive]. Bozidar Kuvelja was ordered into custody [press release, in Croatian] in January and has been charged … [read more]

[JURIST] A French court on Monday awarded a Bosnian family 200,000 euros (USD $280,000) for wartime abuses committed by former Bosnian Serb leaders Radovan Karadzic and Biljana Plavsic [JURIST news archives]. In an unprecedented civil decision, the Tribunal de Grande Instance of Paris [official website, in French] ordered Karadzic and … [read more]

[JURIST] A military court in Syria on Sunday sentenced a human rights activist accused of harming the country's relations with Iran to 18 months in prison. Ali Abdullah's sentence was based on allegations that he made critical comments against Iran [AP report], thereby harming Syria's relations with a foreign country. … [read more]

[JURIST] Two former Blackwater [JURIST news archive] contractors were convicted [press release] Friday of involuntary manslaughter in the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] for their role in the May 2009 shooting deaths of two Afghan nationals and the wounding of a third. Prosecutors alleged … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said that the UK gave "tacit approval" for torture of terror suspects, making the statements in a BBC documentary to be aired Monday. Musharraf's claims raise questions [BBC report] over UK's public stance discouraging other countries from torturing UK … [read more]

[JURIST] A group of 22 Bahraini lawmakers on Sunday called on King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official website] to declare a state of emergency in response to the latest protests against the monarchy. The lawmakers, members of the pro-government Independent Bloc, called on Khalifa to invoke martial law [BNA … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] and the Nigerian Bar Association [association website] called Sunday for Nigeria's National Assembly (NASS) [official website] to pass legislation creating a special electoral offenses commission [statement]. The commission would be tasked with investigating and prosecuting election-related abuses, including violence. Presidential elections are scheduled … [read more]

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