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Legal News
8 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Bulgarian military court on Friday sentenced former intelligence chief Kircho Kirov [official profile] to 10 years in prison for embezzlement. Kirov had served as the head of the National Intelligence Service [official website, in Bulgarian] from 2002 until 2012 and was convicted in 2013 for embezzling 4.7 million … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Danish police on Sunday arrested two individuals suspected to have aided a gunman in the Copenhagen attacks that left two dead over the weekend. On Saturday a 22-year-old gunman, whose name has not yet been released, opened fire [WP report] at a cultural center that was hosting cartoonist Lars … [read more]

Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Pakistani lawmakers on Thursday passed a resolution and rallied outside parliament to protest the publication of images of Islam's Prophet Muhammad in French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo [media website, in French], which was attacked by extremists last week. Pakistan and other Muslim nations have condemned last week's attack, which … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Turkish court on Wednesday banned access to websites showing the new cover of the French magazine Charlie Hebdo [media website], which features a caricature of the Prophet Muhammad. The court's prohibition of access to the sites is reportedly in response [AP report] to a petition filed by a … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 Dec 2014
by Jean-Marie Kamatali of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Jean-Marie Kamatali, of Ohio Northern University Pettit College of Law, discusses the use and misuse of lèse-majesté...Despite increasing domestic and international pressure on Thailand to repeal or revise the provision of its criminal code on lèse-majesté, the military government has not only resisted this pressure but has … [read more]

Legal News
30 Nov 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Tanzania's parliament [official website] voted on Saturday to dismiss senior officials, including the attorney general and the minister of energy, following a report released earlier this week implicating public officials in a scandal involving fraudulent payments of public funds. Officials have also called for the resignation of Prime Minister … [read more]

Legal News
5 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Three allies of French ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile] were charged Saturday for their connection to a fraud investigation of Sarkozy's failed 2012 presidential campaign. Top aide Eric Cesari, party financial director Fabienne Liadze, and the former communications chief Pierre Chassat have been charged with forgery and abuse of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The French Senate [official website, in French] adopted a law [materials, in French] Thursday calling for increased use of probation and other measures to reduce prison overcrowding. France's prison system has become increasingly overcrowded in past years, and it reportedly does little to discourage reoffending. The population of these … [read more]

Legal News
1 Jul 2014
by Ann Schober

[JURIST] Former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was taken into police custody on Tuesday for questioning regarding allegations of misuse of influence and illegal campaign financing. Specifically, anti-corruption investigators are looking into whether Sarkozy used his political influence [BBC report] to encourage a judge to share … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2013
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment, in French] Tuesday that prosecutions for denying that the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was a genocide are an attack on freedom of expression. The court called[press release, PDF] the right to openly discuss … [read more]

Legal News
7 Oct 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The investigation into allegations that former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] exploited L'Oreal [corporate website] heiress Liliane Bettencourt [Forbes profile] into donating illicit election campaign funds has been dropped, according to Monday reports. Bettencourt's accountant had stated [BBC report] she had passed €150,000 to Sarkozy's … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A French appeals court ruled Tuesday that an investigation may proceed into allegations that former president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] exploited aging L'Oreal [corporate website] heiress Liliane Bettencourt [Forbes profile] into donating election campaign funds. A panel of judges for the Court of Appeals of Bordeaux … [read more]

Legal News
17 May 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] France's Constitutional Council [official website, in French] on Friday approved [judgment, in French; press release, in French] a same-sex marriage bill [text, PDF, in French]. The legislation was approved by parliament [JURIST report] last month, but former president Nicolas Sarkozy's Union for a Popular Movement [party website, in French] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Dec 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Faisal Kutty of the Valparaiso University Law School says that the global community must engage in a serious debate over the limits of free expression as it applies to the defamation of cultures and religions, and that in order to do so the extremists on both sides … [read more]

Legal News
8 Jul 2012
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] French President Francois Hollande [official website, in French] announced on Saturday that he plans a new law that would make it a crime to deny the killing of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 was a genocide. The Coordinating Council of Armenian Organisations of France (CCAF) [advocacy website], … [read more]

Legal News
19 Jun 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The first legal complaint against former French president Nicolas Sarkozy [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was filed on Monday for his alleged involvement in the French sale of submarines to Pakistan in the 1990s. Olivier Morice, the lawyer acting for the victims of a 2002 bombing in Karachi, filed … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] A group of minorities in France has filed a lawsuit alleging police searches are conducted on the basis of racial profiling, according to a statement made by their lawyers and the Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday. The suit was filed (OSJI press release) in the … [read more]

Legal News
3 Mar 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The UN International Commission of Inquiry on Libya submitted its findings [report, PDF] on Friday, reporting that war crimes and crimes against humanity were committed by both sides of the recent Libyan conflict [JURIST backgrounder]. Established in February 2011 by an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The Constitutional Council of the French Republic [official website, in French] on Tuesday ruled [judgment, in French] that a French law [materials, in French] making it a crime to deny that Armenians suffered a genocide by the Ottoman Empire in 1915 is unconstitutional. Ultimately, the Council found [AFP report] … [read more]

Academic Commentary
23 Feb 2012

JURIST Contributing Editor Amos Guiora of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that in light of a recent UN report, and in the absence of clear international standards for humanitarian intervention, the US must intervene in Syria to ensure stability and consistency in the region and … [read more]

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