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Legal News
2 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Sabq news [official website], a Saudi government linked news website, reported [Sabq report] on Thursday that King Salman ordered for an investigation and trial of a famous TV host and Muslim Brotherhood scholar. The order was reportedly motivated by an episode of Abdullah al-Modifer's show that was critical of … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jun 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Egypt's chief prosecutor, Hisham Barakat [JURIST news archive], was killed Monday in Cairo by a car bomb attack on his convoy. Barakat's vehicle was attacked [Al Jazeera report] by a car outfitted with explosives that was remotely detonated when his motorcade left his home in Heliopolis. The prosecutor's death … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday announced the arrest of two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Gaza district after they were both convicted and sentenced to death in absentia. Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr were part of the brotherhood's highest office, the Guidance Bureau, and the organization … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's National Council for Human Rights [official website] reported on Sunday that at least 2,600 people have been killed by violence in the 18 months following the military ouster [Guardian report] of Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] in 2013. Head of the agency Mohammed Fayeq told reporters that the 2,600 … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Saturday freed Egyptian-American prisoner Mohammed Soltan, who had been sentenced to life in prison and had been on a hunger strike for over a year. As a precondition to Soltan's release, he had to renounce his Egyptian citizenship [AP report]. Soltan was convicted on charges of … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman convicted of torturing an Islamist to death over a church bombing. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Shimi was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2012 for taking part in the torturing of Sayed Bilal until he was dead. On appeal the … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] An Egyptian court sentenced 30 members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder] on Monday to life imprisonment on charges of violent behavior. The largest case concerned 17 out of the 30 defendants and included charges stemming from attempts made on the lives of protestors in Mansoura. Of the 17, … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ex-president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and more than 100 others to death for their involvement in a mass prison break in 2011. The prison break occurred during the country's 2011 uprising [JURIST backgrounder] that ousted then-president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile]. … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian prosecutor referred 187 Muslim Brotherhood supporters to a military court on Sunday. The supporters are accused of killing police officers while storming a Maghagha police station in the southern province of Minya in August 2013, only weeks after the removal of former president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile]. … [read more]


Legal News
15 Feb 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Sunday put ex-president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile] on trial over accusations of spying and leaking information to Qatar. Prosecutors, as part of the country's continued crack down on Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder], allege that Morsi endangered national security by leaking to Qatar state secrets … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The UK on Friday enacted anti-terror legislation to help combat terrorism by curbing the number of British citizens joining Islamic State (IS) and other militant groups in Iraq and Syria. The Counter-Terrorism and Security Act [HL Bill 75, PDF] expands the current anti-terror law and includes provisions allowing [WSJ … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] France's top court, the Conseil Constitutionnel [official website, in French] on Friday upheld [text, in French] a decision from 2013 to strip Franco-Moroccan terrorist Ahmed Sahnouni el-Yaacoubi of his French nationality following a conviction for conspiracy to commit terrorist acts. Sahnouni, a naturalized citizen since 2003, appealed to the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Paris Administrative Tribunal on Saturday upheld a police chief's ban on an "Islamists out of France" rally planned for Sunday. The demonstration, which was organized [AP report] by two groups: Secular Riposte and Resistance Republicaine, was banned because of fears it would cause [AP report] civil unrest. One … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday acquitted 26 men arrested during a police raid of a bathhouse in search of gay men. The raid and ensuing trial were highly publicized, leading many of the charged men to hide their faces throughout the process. The charges [AP report] against the men … [read more]


Legal News
19 Dec 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday convicted 40 supporters of former president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] for committing violence last year in the wake of Morsi's ousting by the Egyptian military. The group of Islamists were found guilty [BBC report] by a criminal court of burning churches, … [read more]


Legal News
14 Dec 2014
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday referred 439 individuals to a military tribunal for the killing of three police officers last year. The group was composed [AP report] of about 139 Islamists from the southern province of Minya and 300 from the Nile Delta Province of Beheira. The prosecutor's case … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Cairo court on Saturday confirmed a decision dissolving the Islamist Istiqlal Party. The court also rejected an appeal [Daily News Egypt report] of the decision. The case was brought before the court after former State Security Court judge Amr Abdel Raziq filed a lawsuit demanding the dissolution of … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Oct 2014
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal, of the Alexandria University School of Law in Egypt, discusses the complexities of the current state of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court...After the now-ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt in June 2012, the country witnessed a huge wave of … [read more]


Legal News
9 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] The Supreme Administrative Court in Egypt on Saturday dissolved the Freedom and Justice Party (FJP) [party website], the political wing of the Muslim Brotherhood [JURIST news archive]. The decision [BBC report] came after the Parties Affairs Committee (PAC), responsible for granting licenses to newly-formed parties in Egypt, issued a … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Giza Criminal Court on Wednesday upheld death sentences against 12 members of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] convicted of murdering former Deputy Director of Giza Security Nabil Farrag. After the men were found guilty [JURIST report] in June by Judge Moataz Khafagy, the rulings needed … [read more]

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