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Legal News
20 Apr 2010
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Indonesian Constitutional Court [official website, in Bahasa] voted 8-1 Monday to uphold [judgment, PDF, in Bahasa; press release, in Bahasa] a controversial anti-blasphemy law enacted in 1965 by the first Indonesian president. The court rejected the legal challenge raised by a coalition of human rights groups and social … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] The Irish Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform, Dermot Ahern [official profile], on Sunday proposed [Atheist Ireland press release] holding a referendum later this year to remove the criminal offense of blasphemy from the Irish Constitution [text, PDF]. Blasphemy is a punishable offense under section 40 of the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Afghanistan [court website] upheld a 20-year prison sentence for blasphemy against Afghani journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh [JURIST news archive] in a secret February hearing, according to statements by his lawyer quoted in Thursday media reports. Kambaksh and his lawyer were unaware of the secret … [read more]


Legal News
22 Oct 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The death sentence of Afghan journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh [JURIST news archive] was reduced Tuesday to 20 years' imprisonment by an Afghan appeals court. Kambaksh was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islam. In May, Kambaksh appealed his death sentence … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2008
by Patrick Porter

[JURIST] An Afghan appeals court heard testimony Sunday from journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh [JURIST news archive], who was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islam. Kambaksh denied the accusations in front of a three-judge panel Sunday, saying they were made by … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2008
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Afghan Deputy Chief Judge Mohammed Omar Ishaqzai said that Afghan journalism student Sayad Parwaz Kambaksh should be permitted to appeal a death sentence that resulted from a trial where he says he was not represented by a lawyer [JURIST report], the Independent reported Thursday. Kambaksh was sentenced to death … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Afghan journalism student who was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islamic practice told the Independent [interview text] on Sunday that he was not afforded a lawyer to represent him during his four-minute closed court trial, and that he was … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2008
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] The Afghan journalism student who was sentenced to death [JURIST report] in January for distributing papers questioning gender roles under Islamic practice will be provided the right to appeal his death sentence in open court, an Afghanistan Supreme Court justice told London's Independent on Monday. Sayad Parwez Kambaksh was … [read more]


Legal News
5 Feb 2008
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [official website; BBC profile] is concerned about the imposition of the death penalty against journalism student Sayad Parwez Kambaksh but will not intervene in the case pending Kambaksh's appeal, a presidential spokesman said Tuesday. Under Article 64 of the Afghanistan Constitution [text], Afghanistan's president may … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2008
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] An Afghan journalism student charged with blasphemy was sentenced to death Tuesday, following a recommendation from the Afghan Council of Mullahs. A three-judge panel found that papers printed from the Internet by 23-year-old Sayad Parwez Kambaksh, allegedly including discussion of women's role in society, insulted Islam and invoked Article … [read more]

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