On March 6, infamous weapons dealer Viktor Bout was arrested in Bangkok. Bout?s role in supplying weapons to some of the world?s deadliest conflicts had earned him the nickname ?Merchant of Death,? and he is believed to have inspired Nicholas Cage?s character in the film ?Lord of War.?
While praising Bout?s capture, Antonio Maria Costa, the Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, called on Thailand to ratify the UN Convention Against Transnational Organized Crime. According to Costa, ratifying this treaty would ?make it easier to bring criminals of [Bout?s] ilk to justice, for example through mutual legal assistance and extradition.? Costa also encouraged states to ratify the Protocol against the Illicit Manufacturing of and Trafficking in Firearms, Their Parts, and Components and Ammunition, known as the UN Firearms Protocol.
According to the UNODC, nearly 1 billion guns are in circulation throughout the world, and three fourths of them are in civilian hands. Every year, 8 million guns are manufactured, along with twice the amount of ammunition that would be needed to kill the world?s entire population.
China Versus Thailand: Outsourcing Smackdown David Dayton over at the consistently enlightening Silk Road International Blog did an interesting post comparing China to Thailand for manufacturing, entitled, "Thailand vs. China...
The Water Cooler * Once it was all kept under wraps. Now the process, at least, of selecting the most senior judge in the land is out in the open. Under the Constitutional Reform Act 2005, the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary appoints a selection panel which then advises him of the chosen candidate...
Lord Chief Justice Endorses Use of Sharia Law in Some Cases Lord Chief Justice Lord Phillips has declared that Islamic legal principles can be applied by courts to resolve certain family, marital, or contractual cases. In a speech at an East London mosque, Lord Phillips said that Sharia can be applied so long as it does not conflict with English law...
Lord Woolf: bullies made me hate injustice Lord Woolf, the former lord chief justice, has revealed how a painful childhood helped shape him into one of Britain’s most liberal judges who outraged conservative opinion by paving the way for the early release of James Bulger’s killers.
Search Blog Directory:
Lawsuits and Settlements
DUI/DWI If you have been arrested for drunk driving or driving under the influence you should contact an attorney immediately.
Criminal Law If you have been arrested or mistreated by police you should speak to a criminal law attorney.
Video Taping Arrest Harris County pays wrongfully arrested brothers $1.7 million civil rights settlement.
Rally Rights Gettysburg Borough awards arrested protester $22,500 civil rights settlement.