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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
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
21 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Pakistan's Federal Shariat Court [official website] has ordered that Pakistan's government amend or re-file its complaint against former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] for treason to include the former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, law minister Zahid Hamid and judge Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-defendants. In 2007 during Musharraf's … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd … [read more]


Legal News
15 Sep 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Bangladesh officials on Monday approved the Child Marriage Prevention Act of 2014, a law that sets a two year jail term for any person who marries a girl under the age of 18. The law, which was approved [bdnews24 report] during a Cabinet meeting presided over by Prime Minister … [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
12 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Pakistan's Sindh High Court (SHC) [official website] on Thursday lifted [judgment, PDF] a travel ban that had prevented former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] from leaving the country. Opponents will have 15 days [PressTV report] to challenge the ruling, and Musharraf will not be allowed to leave the … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan on Monday charged former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] with high treason. If convicted, the former leader could face the death penalty. Musharraf pleaded not guilty [BBC report] to each of the charges against him, including unlawfully suspending the constitution, firing Pakistan's chief justice … [read more]


Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A court order from a special court in Pakistan on Thursday stated that the court will frame formal high treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] on March 31. The order also reiterated that Musharraf would be arrested [Xinhua report] if he failed to appear at … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] in the event that he fails to attend the next court hearing on March 31. The court also directed [AP report] the government to ensure Musharraf's safety when he travels to court. … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Former Pakistani prime minister Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] made his first appearance in Pakistani court on Tuesday to answer charges of treason related to his suspension of the constitution and use of emergency powers in 2007. Musharraf has repeatedly delayed appearing in court, first based [Reuters report] on fear … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Friday rejected a request by former military ruler Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] to lift his travel ban and allow him to go abroad for medical treatment. Instead the court issued [AP report] an arrest warrant for the former leader, although the warrant is "bailable," meaning … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] The Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] dismissed [text, PDF] former military leader Pervez Musharraf's [BBC profile] petition on Thursday to review its 2009 verdict [JURIST report] declaring the 2007 imposed emergency as unconstitutional. The 14 justices, led by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani [JURIST report], dismissed the petition stating … [read more]


Professional Commentary
20 Jan 2014

JURIST Guest Columnist Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch says that the judicial template adhered to by Iftikhar Chaudhry, the former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Pakistan, should not be followed by future jurists...Former Parkistan Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry, who retired on December 11, 2013, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Islamabad Special Court on Thursday ordered the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] to appear at a hearing on January 16 despite his lawyers' position that he is too sick to attend. According to court registrar Abdul Ghani Soomro, the judges have examined Musharraf's … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Islamabad Special Court trying former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] on Monday granted Musharraf an exemption from personal appearance due to health issues, but has instructed authorities at the Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology (AFIC) [official website] to supply the court with his medical report … [read more]


Legal News
23 Dec 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] On Monday, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) [official website] rejected claims by former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and ruled the trial against Musharraf for treason will continue Tuesday, as previously scheduled. Musharraf was challenging [TheNews report] the legitimacy of the proceedings. The first challenge was … [read more]


Legal News
8 Dec 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Pakistan's military partially complied with a Supreme Court [official website] ruling on Saturday by producing before the court several prisoners out of the hundreds it has been secretly holding without charges. Human rights lawyers and relatives of the prisoners have fought to obtain information [Reuters report] about the detainees, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Nov 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Pakistan officials on Monday filed a request with the nation's Supreme Court [official website], asking the court to start treason proceedings against former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. The government contends [Reuters report] that Musharraf committed treason by suspending the constitution and imposed emergency rule in … [read more]

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