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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]


Legal News
10 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Cairo criminal court on Saturday sentenced former president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] and his two sons to three years in prison on corruption charges. However, Mubarak and his sons have already spent three years in prison for other convictions, so they will most likely not have to serve … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [press release] the conviction of leading human rights activist Rasul Jafarov by a court in Azerbaijan Thursday and called for his immediate release. HRW criticized the arrest and conviction as a government initiative to silence political critics. As the founder and chair … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A special court in the Republic of Senegal [official website, in French] on Monday sentenced the son of former president Abdoulaye Wade [BBC profile] to six years in prison for corruption. Karim Wade was on trial on charges of corruption [JURIST report] and embezzlement of approximately USD $238 million.The … [read more]


Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Authorities in the Republic of Senegal [official website, in French] arrested Amadou Sall on Monday, a lawyer for ex-government official Karim Wade who is facing corruption charges. It is believed Sall was arrested [AP report] for remarks he made at a recent political event. Wade is awaiting a verdict … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Sunday sentenced a son of former president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC backgrounder, JURIST news archive] to 15 years in prison on charges of embezzlement and bribery. Rafsanjani's son, referred to only as "MH" in court documents, is assumed by those in the Iranian government … [read more]


Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

With the European Games [official website] approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliyev. Human … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese efforts against corruption have led to the conviction and investigation of 14 generals for corrupt financial practices, according to a Monday announcement. Chinese military prosecutors released a notice on Monday, inculpating military personnel of various levels and notoriety in serious legal violations and criminal offenses. Military corruption had … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Former Guatemalan president Alfonso Portillo [CIDOB profile, in Spanish; JURIST news archive] was released from a US prison on Wednesday after serving a sentence for taking bribes from Taiwan. Federal prosecutors charged Portillo with using US banks and institutions to launder money. Portillo was arrested in 2010 on embezzlement … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] on Thursday was handed a 15-day prison sentence for distributing leaflets attempting to publicize an "anti-crisis" demonstration that is planned to take place March 1. As Navalny was escorted out of the courthouse after given his sentence, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Russian appellate court on Tuesday upheld the 3.5 year prison sentences of lead opposition activist Alexei Navalny [personal website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] and his brother, Oleg Navalny. Both brothers were sentenced [JURIST report] last December, fined 500,000 rubles (USD $8,500) and ordered to together pay 4.4 … [read more]


Legal News
3 Feb 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Libya's House of Representatives on Monday voted to suspend the law barring from office any officials that served under Muammar Gaddafi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The law was passed [JURIST report] in May 2013 by Libya's General National Congress (GNC) [official website, in Arabic] to ban anyone who … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday ordered the release on bail of ousted president Hosni Mubarak's two sons, pending a retrial in a corruption case. Alaa and Gamal Mubarak were charged for using state funds to renovate family residences and sentenced to four years in prison. Their father was sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Iran Supreme Court sentenced former vice president Mohammad Reza Rahimi to more than five years in prison and imposed a fine of 10 billion rials (USD $360,000), the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website] reported [IRNA report] Wednesday. Rahimi was also ordered to return 28.5 billion rials … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Egypt on Tuesday overturned the convictions of embezzlement for former president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] and ordered a retrial. Mubarak was sentenced in May to three years after being found guilty of embezzling USD $14 million of government money for personal expenses. … [read more]

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