Legal news from Monday, February 20, 2012

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Sunday applauded the Somali parties [statement] who have reached a "crucial political agreement" on Friday at the Garowe II Constitutional Conference [Garowe Online report]. According to Ban, the agreement provides the steps that Somalia [DOS backgrounder] must take in order to go … [read more]

[JURIST] Latvian voters on Saturday rejected Russian [press release] as a second official state language in Latvia [official website]. Preliminary results from the national referendum show that 74.8 percent of voters rejected adding the Russian language with only 24.88 percent in favor of having two state languages. The percentage split … [read more]

[JURIST] A chief US military tribunal judge has ruled that the content of attorney-client mail inspected at the Guantanamo Bay prison is confidential and may not be released. Judge James Pohl made the decision earlier this month in the case of suspected USS Cole [JURIST news archive] bomber Abd al-Rahim … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] announced Monday that it will hear the hunger strike case of Palestinian prisoner Khader Adnan, despite a military judge rejecting his appeal in early February. Since his December arrest in the West Bank, Adnan has refused food [AP report]. This hunger strike has … [read more]

[JURIST] Myanmar police on Sunday charged a rebel Buddhist monk for occupying a government-closed monastery, only a month after he was given amnesty and released from prison [JURIST report]. Shin Gambira, who was among 130 political prisoners freed last month following a presidential pardon, is accused of living in and … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the UK High Court ruled [judgment] Monday for the British unit of Sony Corporation [corporate website] and eight other record labels on their copyright infringement claim against the Swedish file-sharing website The Pirate Bay [website]. Judge Richard Arnold ruled that the operators of The Pirate Bay … [read more]

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