Legal news from Saturday, October 8, 2011

[JURIST] Two congressmen on Thursday introduced a joint resolution [text, PDF] in each house of Congress to block a planned arms sale to Bahrain [JURIST news archive]. Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) and Representative Jim McGovern (D-MA) [official websites] declared [press release] the bill as a reaction to a planned sale … [read more]

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday ruled [judgment, PDF] against the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) [official website] regarding its process for granting permits used by coal companies for mountaintop removal mining in Appalachia. The EPA unveiled stricter guidelines in 2009 to issue permits to companies who sought to dump … [read more]

[JURIST] Three human rights groups on Friday called for the release of Nobel peace Laureate Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], imprisoned on an 11-year sentence [JURIST report] in China for "inciting subversion of state power" and dissidence. Amnesty International (AI), Human Rights Watch (HRW) and Chinese Human Rights … [read more]

[JURIST] The Nigerian Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) [official website] arrested three former governors of Nigerian states on Thursday for allegedly embezzling 101 billion naira (USD $615M). Officials arrested [Nigerian Observer report] former Ogun state governor Gbenga Daniel, former Oyo state governor Adebayo Alao-Akala and former Nasarawa state governor … [read more]

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