Legal news from Monday, July 18, 2011

[JURIST] UN Officials and the UN Security Council [official website] on Monday called for an end to fighting [press release] in the Southern Kordofan area of Sudan [BBC backgrounder]. Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General for UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] announced [press release] that the … [read more]

[JURIST] A Ukraine court on Monday dismissed Serhiy Vlasenko, a lawyer representing former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal website; JURIST news archive], from judicial proceedings. Vlasenko had been defending Tymoshenko in a criminal case related to United Energy Systems of Ukraine (UESU), an energy company at one time headed by … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] the Bahraini government to end systematic attacks on injured patients and stop arresting medical professionals linked to recent anti-government protests. In a 54-page report [text, PDF] entitled "Targets of Retribution: Attacks against Medics, Injured Protesters, and Health Facilities," … [read more]

[JURIST] Rebekah Brooks, former chief executive of News International (NI) and former editor of the newspaper News of the World [media websites], was arrested Sunday by UK police on charges related to a wide-spread phone hacking scandal. Police arrested Brooks [BBC report] on suspicion of conspiring to intercept communications and … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] on Friday dismissed [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit over the constitutional right to sell cigarettes. The lawsuit was brought by Safeway, Inc. [corporate website], a chain of grocery stores, challenging a San Francisco city ordinance … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] on Monday ordered [press release, PDF] that both Thailand and Cambodia immediately withdraw military personnel from a disputed area along the border between the two countries. The Temple of Preah Vihear [UNESCO profile] is a demilitarized region between Cambodia and … [read more]

[JURIST] A Milan criminal court on Monday denied a motion filed by Italy Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi [official website, in Italian; JURIST news archive] to move his prostitution trial to the Tribunal of Ministers [official website], a special court set up to prosecute public officials. The Tribunal of Ministers would … [read more]

[JURIST] A Hungarian court on Monday dropped war crimes charges against accused Nazi Sandor Kepiro, who was alleged to have participated in the 1942 Novi Sad massacre in Serbia. Thirty-five people were killed by Hungarian forces under Kepiro's control during the World War II raid. Kepiro, whose trial began in … [read more]

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