Legal news from Monday, February 27, 2012
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Over 80 percent of voters in Syria [JURIST news archive] have voted to approve the new Syrian constitution [text], officials said Monday. The proposed constitution will impose term limits on the president as well as provide for a multi-party system. However, the term limits will theoretically begin once the [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] Thousands of Sri Lankans joined government-sponsored protests on Monday in opposition to a proposed UN Human Rights Council [official website] resolution concerning crimes that allegedly occurred during the country's civil war. The protests, which were planned throughout 150 cities on the same day that the council began a four-week [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Dr. Mark Ellis, executive director of the International Bar Association (IBA) [official website] on Sunday published the second in a series of reports examining the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) [official website]. The report [text, PDF], "The ECCC- A Failure of Credibility," asserts that the legitimacy [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Indonesia [official website, in Indonesian] on Monday restored a 15-year prison sentence for radical Indonesian cleric Abu Bakar Bashir [JURIST news archive] for his conviction on terrorism charges. Bashir appealed to the Supreme Court his conviction by the Jakarta High Court, which had reduced his [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Judge Carl Barbier of the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] postponed the trial over the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Monday, hours before it was set to begin, in order to give British Petroleum (BP) [corporate [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The Spanish Supreme Court [official website, in Spanish] in a 6-1 decision acquitted [judgment, in Spanish] Spanish Judge Baltasar Garzon [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Monday of abuse of power charges [JURIST report]. Garzon was charged with abusing power by ordering the exhumation [JURIST report] of 19 mass graves [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] The former governor of Delta state [official website] in Nigeria, James Ibori, pleaded guilty in a UK court on Monday to 10 counts of money laundering and conspiracy to commit fraud. The former governor of Nigeria's oil-rich state is one of the wealthiest, most influential political figures in the [read more]

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