Legal news from Wednesday, October 31, 2012
12:10 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the UK [official website] on Wednesday quashed [judgment, PDF] a request for release from a 30-year-old individual detained by US officials at an Afghan prison. Yunus Rahmatullah, a citizen of Pakistan, was arrested by British forces in 2004 and was subsequently transferred to US officials [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] A Croatian court on Wednesday sentenced five former policemen to between one and three years in prison for their roles in torturing ethnic Serb prisoners during Croatia's 1991-95 war for independence. Judge Marijan Garac of the Zagreb County Court [official website, in Croatian] handed down the sentences [Slobodna Dalmacija [read more]

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[JURIST] Opposition leader and former MP Mussallam Al Barrak [Gulf News backgrounder] was arrested on Tuesday after criticizing leader Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah, which is a crime under Kuwait's constitution. Barrak was arrested [Gulf News Report] after a public speech on October 15 was found to contain [read more]

10:10 EDT

[JURIST] Ex-Yugoslav army chief Momcilo Perisic [ICTY profile, PDF; JURIST news archive] began his appeal [redacted brief, PDF] before the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Tuesday in an attempt to overturn his conviction [JURIST report] on crimes against humanity and war crimes committed during [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] A court in Cairo on Tuesday threw out a lawsuit against Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] intended to nullify the 1979 Camp David Peace Accord with Israel. The court, which is charged with solving administrative concerns, determined [Ahram Online report] that the issues were a [read more]

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[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called Wednesday for reparations and greater recognition for the victims of sexual violence during [press release] the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive]. The briefing paper [text, PDF] calls on the Republika Srpska (RS) [official website] to recognize that widespread sexual violence occurred during [read more]

09:10 EDT

[JURIST] Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti [official website, in Italian] on Tuesday approved a new law that imposes harsher sanctions on officials engaged in corruption in both the public and private sectors. Public officials convicted of abuse of office, bribery and exploiting government influence in return for favors or payments [read more]

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