Legal news from Monday, November 19, 2012

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile] said Sunday that US forces were capturing and holding Afghans in violation of a detainee transfer pact [statement] and that US forces should turn over that responsibility to Karzai's forces. Karzai's statement urged Afghan officials to make efforts towards toward obtaining entire responsibility … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan [JURIST news archive] on Monday upheld the conviction of an outspoken opposition leader accused of inciting dissent in an attempt to overthrow the country's government. Vladimir Kozlov [official profile, in Russian], head of the unofficial Alga! party [official website, in Russian], was found guilty of … [read more]

[JURIST] The government of Myanmar [JURIST news archive] on Monday began releasing a number of political prisoners at the same time US President Barack Obama [official website] arrived for a historic visit to the former dictatorship. Specifically, 66 prisoners were to be freed [Reuters report] in conjunction with the first … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Court of Justice (ICJ) [official website] ended a long-running territorial and maritime dispute between Colombia and Nicaragua [BBC profiles] by ruling [judgment, PDF] Monday that Colombia has sovereignty over a group of small islands in the western Caribbean, while Nicaragua has control over a large amount of … [read more]

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Australian Minister for Justice [official website] said Saturday that he has approved the extradition of Serbian war crimes suspect, Dragan Vasiljkovic [Trial Watch backgrounder], to Croatia. Vasiljkovic is accused of torturing and killing captured members of the Croatian army and police during the 1991-1995 Croatian … [read more]

[JURIST] The Ivory Coast's military committed widespread human rights abuses in August and September, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said in a report [text, PDF] released Monday. The report details the alleged abuses including arbitrary arrests, illegal detentions, extortion and torture. The military crackdown was in response to a … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed a civil antitrust lawsuit [complaint] in the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] against online auction company eBay [corporate website] alleging violations of antitrust law occurring from 2006 to 2009. The complaint avers … [read more]

[JURIST] A dissident Chinese poet was sentenced to 12 years of imprisonment on Monday on charges of contract fraud. Li Bifing was sentenced [AFP report] by the Shehong County Court in China's Sichuan province, according to a lawyer. Li previously served five years in jail [AP report] for his involvement … [read more]

[JURIST] The Michigan Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the US Supreme Court decision in Miller v. Alabama [opinion, PDF; JURIST report], which held that sentencing minors to life without parole constitutes cruel and unusual punishment under the Eighth Amendment [text], will not apply retroactively. The … [read more]

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