Legal news from Wednesday, May 18, 2011

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official website] and the UN Security Council [official website] called Wednesday for continued reforms in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) [JURIST news archive] in order to strengthen the country's rule of law. President of the Security Council, Gerard Araud, spoke [text] on the … [read more]

[JURIST] Ivory Coast President Alassane Ouattara [BBC profile] has asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] to launch an investigation into alleged crimes committed as a result of the disputed presidential elections last November, according to a letter [text, PDF, in French] dated May 3 and published to the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Bulgarian government passed a long-delayed bill on Wednesday that allows "civil confiscation" of assets before conviction. This allows the Commission for Establishing of Property Acquired from Criminal Activity [official website] to launch investigations of people who cannot account for their income [Reuters report], in a move designed to … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) Chief Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official websites] declared on Wednesday that any authority attempting to cover up crimes in Libya will be held accountable. In a letter sent to Libyan Foreign Minister Abdelati Obeidi [AFP report], Ocampo warned against diplomats covering up crimes for Libyan … [read more]

[JURIST] Judges at the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Wednesday ordered [order, PDF] a prosecutor to retract statements requesting further investigation into those responsible for war crimes committed under the Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archives] regime. Co-Investigating Judges You Bunleng and Siegfried … [read more]

[JURIST] Rhode Island's House Judiciary Committee [official website] sent Bill 2011-H6103 [text, PDF] to the House floor [official website] after a 9-3 vote [AP report] in favor of it on Tuesday. The bill was introduced earlier this month [press release] and is modeled after similar laws in Illinois, Delaware and … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Israeli president Moshe Katsav [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] had his seven-year prison sentence for rape and sexual assault delayed Wednesday pending the completion of his appeal [JURIST reports]. The Supreme Court of Israel [official website, in Hebrew] also ruled earlier that the 300-page appeal will be made … [read more]

[JURIST] Eight former Argentine military officers were convicted on Monday of liability for the massacre of Margarita Belen [Provincial Commission for Memory materials, in Spanish] during the nation's 1976-1983 "Dirty War" [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The massacre involved the torture and execution of 22 political prisoners mostly belonging to … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar began releasing as many as 15,000 prisoners Tuesday as part of an amnesty program after a visit from a special envoy from the UN secretary-general, but rights groups claim the government has not gone far enough. On Monday, President Thein Sein issued an order [UPI report] commuting death … [read more]

[JURIST] Lawyer for former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday appealed [executive summary, PDF] his December conviction [JURIST report] and requested that an Investigative Committee open a probe [text, in Russian] against Judge Viktor Danilkin. In February, Danilkin's assistant accused the judge of not … [read more]

[JURIST] A Palestinian human rights group released a report this week criticizing Palestinian Authority (PA) and Hamas [CFR backgrounders] security forces for violations of civil rights in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank. In its newest annual report, the Independent Commission for Human Rights (ICHR) [advocacy website] accuses the … [read more]

[JURIST] US Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) [official website] introduced a bill [text, PDF] Tuesday amending the 25-year-old Electronic Communications and Privacy Act (EPCA) [text], which he authored, to require the government to obtain a warrant before searching private e-mails and other data stored on an Internet cloud. The bill removes … [read more]

[JURIST] A panel in the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website] on Monday denied [judgment, PDF] a motion for pretrial release by former Khmer Rouge [BBC backgrounder] official Ieng Sary [ECCC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Ieng, 85, served as deputy foreign minister under the Khmer Rouge … [read more]

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