Legal news from Wednesday, October 5, 2011

[JURIST] The Ukrainian parliament [official website] on Wednesday rejected four amendments to the country's Criminal Code [materials]. Parliamentary deputies refused [RIA Novosti report] to include in the agenda for discussion proposed amendments to the Code, which were introduced by the opposition party led by former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [personal … [read more]

[JURIST] Head of the European Union Rule of Law Mission to Kosovo (EULEX) [official website], Xavier de Marnhac, announced on Wednesday that an EU prosecutor will visit Albania to investigate allegations of an organ trafficking scheme that took place in the country during the 1998-1999 Kosovo War [JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Malaysia's government on Wednesday released 125 prisoners who were being held under a decades-old security law that has been widely criticized by human rights and opposition groups. In an address to Parliament [official website] earlier this week, Prime Minister Najib Razak [official profile] announced the release [AP report] of … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahrain [JURIST news archive] civilian-military court on Wednesday sentenced 19 more protesters to prison terms of up to five years, bringing the total number of protesters sentenced this week to 85. The court sentenced 13 protesters to five years in prison and six people to one year for … [read more]

[JURIST] German prosecutors intend to reopen hundreds of investigations involving former Nazi death camp guards, according to Wednesday reports. This initiative results from the conviction [AP report] of John Demjanjuk [NNDB profile; JURIST news archive], a retired US autoworker who served as a guard at a camp in Poland in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday upheld the constitutionality [opinion, PDF] of gun laws containing certain registration requirements and laws prohibiting the ownership of assault weapons and large-capacity magazines. The laws at issue represented a part of the Firearms Registration … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia [official website] on Tuesday sentenced a pair of Somali men to life in prison [press release] for their involvement in the hijacking of a yacht that resulted in the deaths of four American citizens. This followed … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] in three cases on Tuesday. In Maples v. Thomas [transcript, PDF; JURIST report], the court considered a death penalty appeal where Cory Maples missed his ability to appeal his sentence due to a clerk's error. An Alabama … [read more]

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