Legal news from Monday, July 16, 2012
17:07 EDT

[JURIST] A political activist of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on Monday was deported to Thailand after a two-month detention. Ahmed Abdul Khaleq [AlJazeera backgrounder] has called for the rights of the stateless people in the UAE, and was one of the five activists jailed [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] New Zealand Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne [official website] on Monday announced [press release] a plan to ban the use of drugs providing legal highs unless manufactures of such drugs can prove that they are clinically safe. The scientific evidence required for approval is expected to be similar to [read more]

16:07 EDT

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of protestors rallied in Tokyo on Monday as Japan moves to restart the country's nuclear reactors that were shut down following the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster [IAEA backgrounder] last year. The peaceful antinuclear demonstration in Yoyogi park took place on Japan's national holiday, highlighting the nation's [read more]

15:07 EDT

[JURIST] A Hong Kong judge on Monday ruled against Deutsche Bank AG [corporate website] on a motion to dismiss a developer's rental fraud lawsuit. Judge A.T. Reyes for the Court of First Instance of the High Court [official website] held [Bloomberg report] that the claims brought by the developer Tin [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] More than 40 prominent American Jewish leaders and scholars sent an appeal letter [AP report] to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu [official website], it was reported Monday, urging Netanyahu to reject a recent report advocating legitimizing Israeli settlements in the West Bank [JURIST news archive]. The letter's signatories predicted [read more]

14:07 EDT

[JURIST] Twenty-four Palestinians detainees were permitted family visits at their Israeli jails on Monday as the result of a deal between Israeli authorities and hunger-striking Palestinian prisoners. Forty Gazans visited their relatives at Ramon prison for the first time since Israel banned family visits in 2007 when Palestinian militants abducted [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] Florida Secretary of State Ken Detzner [official profile] on Saturday announced that the federal government will allow Florida access to a US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) [official website] immigration database to challenge individuals' voting rights if the state suspects them of not being US citizens. The Systematic Alien [read more]

13:07 EDT

[JURIST] South African politician Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Monday was elected the first female leader of the African Union (AU) [official website; JURIST news archive]. Dlamini-Zuma, 63, is the South African Minister of Home Affairs. She was voted into office [AP report] on Sunday evening after she successfully challenged the incumbent [read more]

09:07 EDT

[JURIST] Former Maldives president Mohamed Nasheed was formally charged on Sunday with illegally arresting a former chief justice of the nation's criminal court and thereby violating the nation's constitution [text, PDF]. The constitution allows for the arrest of a judge only after a warrant is issued for a particular criminal [read more]

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