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Legal News
8 Oct 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Pakistan's Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld the death sentence of Mumtaz Qadri, a former police guard respected within Pakistan for killing politician [BBC backgrounder] Salmaan Taseer over his support for a woman convicted of blasphemy. Taseer was governor of Punjar at the time of his death, and … [read more]

Legal News
4 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] A group of independent UN human rights experts on Friday called on [press release] Pakistan to reinstate a moratorium on the death penalty after reports of minors being sentenced to death. There are more than 8,000 people on death row in Pakistan, and the UN experts believe that many … [read more]

Legal News
22 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday suspended the execution of a paraplegic prisoner after numerous human rights groups claimed that a hanging would be cruel and inhumane. The suspension of the execution comes after Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged [press release] the Pakistani government earlier this week to … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday suspended the execution of a civilian man sentenced to death by a military court after a legal challenge, the first of such challenges since the Pakistan Supreme Court [official website] allowed these hearings. The Peshawar High Court [official website] suspended the sentence [Reuters report] … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Shafqat Hussain, a man convicted of kidnapping and killing a seven-year-old child in 2004, was hanged on Tuesday in Karachi, Pakistan. This case has attracted ongoing international attention, as his execution [Daily Times report] was postponed four times for legal challenges and further investigation. Hussain's lawyers and family have … [read more]

Legal News
2 Apr 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The new military courts established in Pakistan sentenced six Islamic militants to death on Thursday and a seventh to life in prison for their involvement in terrorism. A military spokesman said [Reuters report] the seven men were convicted of "heinous offenses" including terrorism, murder, suicide bombing, kidnapping for ransom … [read more]

Legal News
22 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities have postponed the execution of an inmate convicted as a minor, a decision welcomed [press release] Friday by a group of independent UN human rights experts. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the age of Shafqat Hussain, who may have been as young as 14 when he … [read more]

Legal News
20 Mar 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court [official website] on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws [text] made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or … [read more]

Legal News
9 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] Pakistan's Islamabad High Court [official website] on Monday rejected an appeal by Malik Mumtaz Hussain Qadri, the man convicted of assassinating the liberal governor of Pakistan's Punjab province Salman Taseer for his opposition against the nation's blasphemy law [text; JURIST news archive]. The governor, in his opposition, was expressing … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported [press release] the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) [official website] on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Pakistan's Lahore High Court [official website] on Thursday upheld the death sentence for Aasiya Noreen (better known as Asia Bibi), who was convicted of blasphemy in 2010. Bibi, a Christian woman, was alleged to have insulted the Prophet Mohammed [CNN report] while working in a field with several Muslim … [read more]

Legal News
7 Sep 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's top prosecutor on Saturday ordered the arrest of seven men who appeared in a video [video] of what is said to be the country's first same-sex marriage. The men have been accused of inciting debauchery and spreading a video that violates public morals. In a statement the prosecutor's … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jul 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Pakistan court on Tuesday sentenced to death a man convicted of insulting the Prophet Mohammed in violation of the nation's blasphemy laws. Zulfiqar Ali was arrested in 2008 for writing blasphemous statements [DAWN.com report] against Islam on walls. Ali's lawyer argued that his client was mentally insane, emphasizing … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jun 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Three independent UN human rights [official website] experts on Monday urged [press release] Pakistan to adopt urgent legislation to put an end to faith-based killings and protect the country's Ahmadiyya Muslim [BBC profile] community, whose faith is currently outlawed. The call follows a resurgence of violent attacks in Pakistan … [read more]

Legal News
14 May 2014
by Max Slater

[JURIST] Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy [JURIST news archive] against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest [NYT report] against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer … [read more]

Legal News
28 Mar 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani judge on Thursday sentenced a Christian man to death for blasphemy. Sanitation worker Sawan Masih, whose argument with a friend set off a riot [NYT report] in which an angered Muslim crowd set fire to a Christian town last March, is to be hanged after being found … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jan 2014
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan on Thursday sentenced 65-year old Mohammed Asghar to death for blasphemy, convicting him of writing letters claiming to be a prophet. Asghar was convicted [Al Jazeera report] under Section 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code [text, PDF], making it illegal to make derogatory remarks about … [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
4 Nov 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Irish Convention on the Constitution [official website] voted Sunday in favor [press release, PDF] of recommending that the offense of blasphemy in the Irish Constitution [text, PDF] be altered and replaced with a new general provision to include incitement to religious hatred. The Convention on the Constitution was … [read more]

Legal News
3 Oct 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Indonesian Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) on Wednesday arrested the chief justice of the country's constitutional court for allegedly accepting over USD $250,000 in bribes. Akil Mochtar was elected as chief justice for a five-year term which began in August, and the money confiscated from Mochtar's house was said … [read more]

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