Legal news from Friday, November 11, 2011

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Thursday urged [brief, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official websites] not to hear Arizona's appeal of a decision [opinion, PDF] enjoining four provisions of the state's controversial immigration law [SB 1070 materials; JURIST news archive]. The US Court of Appeals for the … [read more]

[JURIST] Kosovo politician and parliamentarian Fatmir Limaj went on trial on Friday for war crimes allegedly committed during the 1998-99 Kosovo war with Serbia [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Limaj allegedly ordered two captured Serb policemen executed and tortured another Serbian captive in 1999. Limaj is also under investigation for … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian governmental forces have been committing crimes against humanity [press release], including torture and unlawful killings of anti-government protesters in Homs, Syria [map], according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] report [text, PDF] released Friday. According to HRW, Homs, a governorate with some of the strongest anti-government … [read more]

[JURIST] International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] chief prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo [official profile] said Friday that his office would prosecute individuals involved election violence [statement] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The DRC is expected to hold presidential and parliamentary elections on November 28. The prosecutor's statement follows … [read more]

[JURIST] Prosecutors at the UN Special Tribunal for Lebanon (STL) [official website] urged the judge Friday to wait to commence the trial in absentia [press release] of four Hezbollah members indicted for killing former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The STL has faced great difficulty … [read more]

[JURIST] A US military court on Thursday convicted an army squad commander of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a "kill team" in Afghanistan that targeted unarmed civilians and collected body parts as war trophies. While three of the four defendants pleaded guilty and received reduced sentences, Sgt. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ugandan High Court [official website] on Thursday sentenced a man to 30 years in prison for beating to death prominent gay rights activist David Kato. Enock Nsubuga confessed to the January 2011 killing, admitting to beating Kato [Reuters report] with a hammer at his home before he died … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged the Tunisian government not to extradite [statement] former Libyan prime minister Al-Baghdadi Ali al-Mahmoudi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], warning that he would be "at a real risk for torture" if he is returned to Libya. Al-Mahmoudi, who served under … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Wednesday released a partially redacted opinion [PDF] in Latif v. Obama, overturning the release order [JURIST report] for Yemeni Guantanamo detainee Adnan Farhan Abdul Latif [NYT profile]. The redaction at times covers entire sections, but … [read more]

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