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Legal News
28 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kazakhstan's Constitutional Council [official website] on Wednesday declared unconstitutional a bill seeking to ban the dissemination to minors of information supporting homosexual relationships. The council found [HRC press release] the bill contained poor wording and incorrect formulation, according to Human Rights Campaign (HRC) [advocacy website], but it could be … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on human rights and hazardous substances and wastes [official website] Baskut Tuncak on Wednesday called on [press release] Kazakhstan [BBC backgrounder] to increase protections for individuals who live in toxic areas within the country. Tuncak was on an a 14-day mission, during which he visited several … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The French Court of Cassation [official website, in French] on Wednesday approved the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. The court upheld [AP report] the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions [opinion, PDF] of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi [case materials], a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Qatari man arrested shortly after the 9/11 attacks and labeled an "enemy combatant" was released and returned to his home nation on Saturday. Ali bin Kahlah al-Marri was held by US authorities for six years and later pleaded guilty [Al Jazeera report] to one count of conspiracy to … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia [press releases], the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

Amirkhan Amanbaev with the Kazakhstan prosecutor general's office said [RFE/RL report] Monday that the newly adopted Kazakhstan Criminal Procedural code will require police to read suspects their rights when making arrests. The suspects' rights are based on the Miranda warnings [Miranda v. Arizona] used in America and will require the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Argentina [official website, in Spanish] confirmed Saturday the extradition of a US fugitive wanted for a 2002 murder in Colorado. Kurt Sonnenfeld, a former Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) cameraman and 9/11 conspiracy theorist, fled [AP report] to Argentina in 2003 after Denver prosecutors charged … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] On Wednesday the US Department of Defense [official website] said five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will be released to the Kazakhstan government as part of an effort by the Obama Administration [official website] to expedite the closing of the facility [JURIST report]. An interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted … [read more]


Legal News
25 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] An appellate court in Lyon, France has upheld the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. This overrules a previous ruling in which another appellate court had stricken down Mukhtar's extradition after … [read more]


Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A French appellate court on Wednesday overturned the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating USD $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. In January, a French trial court in the Aix-En Province agreed [JURIST report] to extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Apr 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A UN expert on Friday urged [press release] the Kazakhstan government to end the mandatory registration of religious communities. Currently, all religious communities in Kazakhstan are required by law to obtain registration status to exercise collective religious functions. During a visit to Kazakhstan, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday urged [press release] the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was originally ordered [JURIST report] in January by a French court, has been detained by Spanish … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2014
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] UN independent human rights expert Francois Crepeau on Friday urged the Spanish government to reverse its decision to extradite Alexsandr Pavlov to Kazakhstan. Pavlov, an associate of opposition figure Mukhtar Ablyazov, whose extradition was ordered [JURIST report] Thursday by a French court, has been detained by Spanish authorities since … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A French court in Aix-En Province order the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. The French court agreed [AP report] to the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, which both house BTA Bank branches, partly … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[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]


Legal News
12 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The UN General Assembly (UNGA) [official website] on Monday elected 18 countries [press release], including the US, to a three-year term on the Human Rights Council (UNHRC) [official website] beginning January 1. The secret ballot election was held at the UN headquarters in New York, and the following UNGA … [read more]


Legal News
8 Oct 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan on Monday sentenced an outspoken political activist to seven-and-a-half years in jail for allegedly colluding with a fugitive billionaire to overthrow the government. Specifically, Judge Berdybek Myrzabekov found Vladimir Kozlov [official profile, in Russian], head of the unofficial Alga! party [official website, in Russian], guilty … [read more]

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