Legal news from Wednesday, May 4, 2011
16:05 EDT

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] on Wednesday announced [press release, PDF] that an investigation has uncovered enough evidence to allow him to pursue warrants for forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi [BBC profile] for crimes against humanity and war crimes. Moreno-Ocampo said he [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] The German Federal Constitutional Court [official website, in German] ruled [press release] Wednesday that the preventive detention of prisoners beyond the maximum sentences for their crimes is unconstitutional. The court held [judgment, in German] that the laws governing the practice of extending prison terms for prisoners deemed to be [read more]

14:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said Wednesday that the killing [JURIST report] of Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive] by US forces on Sunday was lawful and justified [video]. Testifying [hearing materials] before the US Senate Judiciary Committee [official website], Holder said that the shooting [read more]

12:05 EDT

[JURIST] A German court on Wednesday began the trial of Rwandan rebel leader Ignace Murwanashyaka and deputy Straton Musoni on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. Murwanashyaka was the leader of the predominantly Hutu Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder]. The two are accused [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] The International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] ruled Wednesday that the war crimes trial of former Serb nationalist politician Vojislav Seselj [case materials; JURIST news archive] can continue. Seselj, charged with 14 counts of crimes against humanity and violations of the laws or customs of [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Thailand's government should investigate crimes allegedly committed by both government officials and protesters during 2010's violent political protests [JURIST news archive], according to a report [text, PDF] released Monday by Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website]. The report details the violence [press release] that resulted from the "red shirt" [read more]

09:05 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney Preet Bharara filed a civil suit [complaint] on Tuesday against Deutsche Bank [corporate website] in the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] accusing the bank of engaging in mortgage fraud. Through the suit, the US seeks more than $1 billion [Reuters [read more]

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