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Legal News
1 Feb 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Hangzhou Christian Council on Friday announced that a prominent Chinese Pastor is under investigation for corruption involving the embezzlement of state funds. The pastor, Gu Yuese, is the leader of the Chongyi Church of Zhejiang. The Chongyi Church is the largest Protestant church in the Chinese speaking world … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

Former president of El Salvador Francisco Flores died Saturday in San Salvador while under house arrest and waiting to stand trial on embezzlement charges. Officials from his Nationalist Republican Alliance party say [AP report] that the cause of death was a cerebral hemorrhage. Flores was charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The government of Honduras and the Organization of American States (OAS) [official website] on Tuesday signed an agreement [text, in Spanish; press release] to create the Mission to Support the Fight Against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH). The MACCIH will be composed of a team of prosecutors, judges … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2016
by Jacqueline Jones

An Egyptian court on Saturday rejected the appeal of ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his two sons regarding their conviction of and sentence for corruption. As the three have already served their sentence, however, it is not likely [Reuters report] that they will be imprisoned again. They will be required … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered former president Francisco Flores to stand trial on corruption charges. Flores is charged [Guardian report] with embezzlement and illegal enrichment for allegedly diverting USD $15 million from Taiwanese donation to his personal and political bank accounts. The donations were intended to help victims … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2015
by Ashley Hogan

The Egyptian Court of Cassation [official website, in Arabic] on Thursday postponed the retrial of former president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] regarding his complicity in the killings of hundreds of protestors in the 2011 demonstrations that ousted his regime. Judge Anwar Gabri of the Egyptian Court of Cassation ordered a … [read more]


Legal News
12 Oct 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday ordered the release of former president Hosni Mubarak's [BBC profile] sons, Gamal and Alaa Mubarak, after holding that they had completed their three-year prison sentences on embezzlement.The Cairo criminal court sentenced [JURIST report] Hosni Mubarak and his two sons to three years in prison … [read more]


Legal News
2 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Croatian Supreme Court on Thursday overturned the conviction and nine-year prison sentence of former prime minister Ivo Sanader [JURIST news archive], ordering a new trial. Sanader was convicted in March 2014 of corruption after allegedly embezzling [AFP report] millions of euros in public funds. He was also ordered … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Justice of Catalonia summoned Catalonia, President Artur Mas [official website, in Catalan] on Tuesday over his involvement in the 2014 independence referendum [JURIST report]. Mas has been accused of civil disobedience, embezzlement of public funds and abuse of power. Mas is scheduled to appear in … [read more]


Legal News
9 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights [official website] Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein on Tuesday condemned [press release] the recent "crackdown" on dissent in Azerbaijan, denouncing the imprisonment of journalist and human rights activist Khadija Ismayilova [backgrounder]. In particular, Zeid criticized the continued suppression of independent voices throughout the country. … [read more]


Legal News
27 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A federal court in Pakistan on Thursday issued an arrest warrant for former Pakistan prime minister Yousuf Raza Gilani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] following the presentation of a final charge sheet by the country's Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) [official website]. The warrant [The Indian Express report] issued for … [read more]


Legal News
11 Aug 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A former general in China's People's Liberation Army, Gu Junshan, on Monday was sentenced by a Chinese military court to death with a two year reprieve for corruption charges. Gu is one of the first to face trial [Xinhua report] under the president's recent efforts against corruption in the … [read more]


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
8 Aug 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [official website] contributor Khadija Ismayilova [official profile] on Friday went on trial in Baku, Azerbaijan eight months after her arrest. The investigative journalist faces charges [RFE/RL report] of tax evasion, abuse of power and embezzlement, which she claims are the politically motivated punishment [statement] for … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US district court on Wednesday sentenced [press release] former North Carolina State Assembly member Stephen Laroque to 24 months in prison for embezzling [LII backgrounder] hundreds of thousands of dollars from a non-profit he ran. Last January Laroque plead guilty to taking money from East Carolina Development Co., … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] Thousands of protesters marched in Honduras on Friday calling for the resignation of President Juan Hernandez [official website, in Spanish] and demanding an independent investigation into his role in an ongoing corruption scandal. Hernandez is accused of [Reuters report] knowingly using money from a $200 million embezzlement scandal at … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jun 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] China's anti-corruption Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) [official website, in Chinese] on Tuesday announced the launch of investigations into 26 government agencies and state-owned-enterprises (SOEs). The entities to be investigated include People's Daily Newspaper [media website], Anshan Iron and Steel, conglomerate China Resources, the Ministry of Transport and … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jun 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] China's ex-security chief Zhou Yongkang was found guilty Thursday of bribery, abuse of power and intentionally disclosing national secrets was sentenced to life imprisonment. He has also been deprived of his political rights for life and has had his personal assets confiscated. A year after Zhou's retirement in 2012, … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Iranian authorities on Monday arrested Hamid Baghaei, former vice president under Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [Bio profile]. Baghaei's arrest is the second detention of a high-ranking official from the Ahmadinejad administration, as Mohammad Reza Rahimi, another former vice president, was convicted [JURIST report] of corruption and embezzlement last year. The recent … [read more]


Legal News
4 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Judge Anwar Gabri of the Egyptian Court of Cassation [official website, in Arabic] ordered a retrial on Thursday for former president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] regarding his complicity in the killings of hundreds of protestors in the 2011 demonstrations that ousted his regime. This order overturns his acquittal [WSJ … [read more]

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