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Legal News
2 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Former India Supreme Court [official website] judge Markandey Katju on Sunday said [personal blog] that "there has been a gross travesty of justice in the case of Yakub Memon." Katju said that after thoroughly studying the judgment of the court, he believes that Memon was convicted on weak evidence … [read more]

Legal News
13 Apr 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] on Monday ordered the Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court to conclude its case over the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] within the next two months. The case has been ongoing since 2009 against seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A Pakistan court on Thursday ordered the release of the main suspect in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. The order came less than a month after Pakistan authorities reordered his detention [JURIST report]. The court suspended [The Hindu report] his detention under … [read more]

Legal News
15 Mar 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Pakistan authorities on Saturday reordered the detention of Zakiur-Rehman Lakhvi, the main suspect in the 2008 attacks in Mumbai [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], one day after a court in Pakistan ordered his release. Lakhvi is one of seven suspects being tried in Pakistan with connection to the attacks, … [read more]

Student Commentary
14 Mar 2015
by Saroj Nair of University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Saroj Nair, LLM Student at the University of Hong Kong Faculty of Law, discusses Iran's international obligation with regards to its nuclear efforts and argues that Iran complies with its obligation under binding treaties and the Joint Plan of Action...Another condemnation for Iran! Or is it? The … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Several human rights groups, including Amnesty International (AI) and Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy websites], on Thursday urged the Pakistani government to halt the execution of the first civilian for a non-terror related offense since 2008. The rights groups claim the execution violates Pakistan's own official policy. Shoaib Sarwar … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] called on [press release] Pakistan Friday to end what has been an extreme increase in executions following the Peshwar school attack. Following the school attack and Pakistan's subsequent lift of a death penalty moratorium [JURIST report], Amnesty reports that a "wave of executions" has … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Wednesday overturned the release of terrorist suspect Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi. Lakhvi, head of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder], was the alleged organizer of the 2008 Mumbai attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed 165 individuals. Lakhvi was detained in Pakistani custody … [read more]

Legal News
30 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Pakistani police have detained the alleged mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] on abduction charges a day after a court ordered his release. Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi was detained in Pakistani custody since 2008 for heading the militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder], which was held … [read more]

Legal News
16 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned [press release] the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Pakistan's parliament [Pakistan Senate official website] on Wednesday passed a new anti-terrorism bill [text; PDF] that detractors are claiming grants excessive power to police. The proposed legislation, known as the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, allows police to use lethal force, to search buildings without a warrant and to detain … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Security Council [official website] announced Wednesday that a 10 year old arms embargo against Somalia will not be fully restored after its expiration in March. In 2013, the security council voted to partially lift [Reuters report] the embargo, allowing the Somalian government to purchase small arms to … [read more]

Academic Commentary
20 Feb 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ronald Sievert of the Bush School of Government at Texas A&M University and adjunct professor at the University of Texas School of Law in national security and international law argues that when weighed against the minimal privacy interests impacted, government metadata surveillance programs produce a net gain … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A three-judge panel for the Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled Tuesday that a death sentence can be commuted to a life sentence based upon the government's delay. In ruling, the court nullified the death sentences [BBC report] of 15 prisoners, some of whom were convicted of aiding … [read more]

Legal News
6 Nov 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Cross-examination of the Pakistani-based businessman responsible for selling the boat engine used by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) [CFR backgrounder] terrorists in the 2008 Mumbai attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was held on Wednesday before Pakistan's Anti-Terrorism Court. The merchant, Mohammed Ali, sold the boat engine to the 10 LeT … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2013
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] on Sunday upheld a death penalty sentence against Devinderpal Singh Bhullar [PTI backgrounder], a convicted terrorist. This ruling allows the Indian government to continue a trend toward use of execution that began in November after a de facto moratorium on its use … [read more]

Legal News
21 Mar 2013
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] The Indian Supreme Court [official website] on Thursday upheld [text, PDF] the death sentence [JURIST report] for one of the plotters of the 1993 Mumbai serial bombings [IBN backgrounder] that killed 257 people. Yakub Abdul Razak Memon, brother of mastermind "Tiger" Memon, was convicted in 2006 for his role … [read more]

Legal News
9 Feb 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Afzal Guru [One India profile], a Kashmiri militant who received the death penalty for participating in the 2001 attack on India's parliament [BBC report], was executed on Saturday. Guru was hanged after India's president, Shri Pranab Mukherjee [official website], turned down his plea for clemency. Following Guru's execution, India's … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Judge Harry Leinenweber of the US District Court for the Northern District of Illinois [official website] on Thursday issued a 35-year prison sentence [DOJ press release] to David Coleman Headley for his role in the 2008 terror attacks in Mumbai, India [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Headley, a US … [read more]

Legal News
21 Nov 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The only surviving shooter in the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was executed at a prison in India Wednesday hours after President Shri Pranab Mukherjee [official website] finally rejected the gunman's clemency appeal. Pakistani national Mohammad Ajmal Kasab [WSJ backgrounder; JURIST news archive] was hanged … [read more]

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