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Legal News
19 Apr 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] on Friday signed into law [legislative materials] a bill [text] that bars entry for any UN ambassadors who have engaged in "terrorist activity." The law has been seen as a response to Iran's choice of US envoy, Hamid Aboutalebi, who has been linked … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist D. Wes Rist of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that any attempt to extend the reach of the International Criminal Court into areas it was not created to address runs the risk of weakening its overall authority and the willingness of member states to … [read more]

Legal News
9 Jan 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] An Iranian court on Monday sentenced Iranian-American ex-marine American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati to death for espionage. Iran accused Hekmati of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] and cooperating with an enemy government in an attempt to accuse Iran of terrorism [FNA report]. The conviction is … [read more]

Legal News
27 Dec 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Preliminary hearings for the trial of alleged United State Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] spy, Iranian-American Amir Mirzaei Hekmati began in an Iranian Court Tuesday. Leading evidence against Hekmati includes a confession made on Iranian state television [Naharnet report] where he admits his mission was to infiltrate Iran's … [read more]

Legal News
9 Nov 2009
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Iran’s prosecutor general Abbas Jafari Dolat-Abadi said Monday that the three American hikers arrested in July for illegally entering Iran are being charged with espionage [IRNA report]. In statements to the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA), Dolat-Abadi further declared that the investigation of the American citizens' charges has begun … [read more]

Legal News
26 Aug 2009
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] Iran on Tuesday began the trials of more reformers accused of attempting to overthrow the government in a "velvet revolution" following the disputed June 12 presidential election [JURIST news archive]. This trial is the fourth [ILNA report] of its kind to occur since reformists, protesters, and journalists were arrested … [read more]

Legal News
4 Aug 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] An Iranian official confirmed Tuesday the arrest of three US citizens who entered the country on Saturday from Iraq's Kuridish region, according to a state media report [FNA report]. The Americans, who possessed Iraqi and Syrian visas, have been charged with illegal entry near the city of Marivan at … [read more]

Legal News
20 Apr 2009
by Benjamin Hackman

[JURIST] Iran's judiciary on Monday ordered fair appellate proceedings for a US journalist convicted [JURIST report] this week of espionage and sentenced to eight years in prison. Iran's top judge Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahrudi [BBC profile] said the appeal [BBC report] by journalist Roxana Saberi [BBC profile], a dual US-Iran … [read more]

Legal News
19 Apr 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday issued an order to prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi to recognize the legal rights of detained journalists Roxana Saberi [advocacy website] and Hossein Derakhshan [personal weblog], according to a report [text] by the state-run Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA). According … [read more]

Legal News
18 Apr 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Revolutionary Court of Iran convicted US journalist Roxana Saberi [advocacy website] of espionage earlier, sentencing her to eight years in prison, according to her lawyer Saturday. The trial, in which Saberi was accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, was conducted earlier this week [JURIST report] … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2009
by Adrienne Lester

[JURIST] A spokesperson for the Iranian Judiciary announced Tuesday that an imprisoned US journalist was tried on espionage charges Monday. The Revolutionary Court of Iran conducted the trial of Roxana Saberi [advocacy website], accused of passing classified information to US intelligence agencies, in proceedings closed to the public [AP report]. … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2009
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] The Tehran Revolutionary Court announced Saturday that it has convicted [PressTV report] four Iranians of being involved in an alleged US-supported plan to overthrow the Iranian government. The court said that the four men had confessed to planning to overthrow the Iranian government in cooperation with the US State … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jun 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] Iran's Revolutionary Court sentenced an Iranian electronics salesman to death Monday after convicting him of espionage, according to a state media report [FNA report]. Ali Ashtari, who was arrested last year, was charged with using his sales connections in the military to pass information on Iran's Atomic Energy Organization … [read more]

Legal News
17 Oct 2007
by Deirdre Jurand

[JURIST] An Iranian court sentenced three university students to prison terms ranging from two to three years for insulting Islam and Islamic clerics, the students' lawyer said Tuesday. Officials arrested the students [AFP report], Majid Tavakoli, Ahmed Ghassaban and Ehsan Mansouri, in May along with five other students on charges … [read more]

Legal News
25 Sep 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The Iranian government ended the four-month detention of Iranian-American peace activist Ali Shakeri [advocacy website] Monday, releasing him on bail in the amount of 1 million rials (approximately USD$110,000). Shakeri, a founding member of the University of California, Irvine, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding [advocacy website], is the fourth dual … [read more]

Legal News
20 Sep 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Iran released on bail Iranian-American consultant Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh [OSI press release; JURIST news archive] from prison Wednesday, according to IRNA, the official Iranian news agency. Tajbakhsh, employed by the Open Society Institute, will not be allowed to leave Iran without judicial approval. Tajbakhsh and Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari … [read more]

Legal News
18 Sep 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Iranian-American journalist Parnaz Azima, a reporter for Radio Farda [media website, in Arabic], left Iran [JURIST news archive] Tuesday after months of being held in the country on security-related charges. A spokesperson for Radio Farda's parent service Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) [media website] told AP that Azima will … [read more]

Legal News
11 Sep 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Detained Iranian-American consultant Dr. Kian Tajbakhsh [OSI press release; JURIST news archive] is expected to be released from a Tehran prison "within the next few days," according to comments from Tajbakhsh and those of an Iranian spokesman talking to journalists during a interview at the notorious Evin Prison [AP … [read more]

Legal News
5 Sep 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Iranian-American journalist Parnaz Azima has been granted permission to leave Iran [RFE/RL report] after months of being held in the country due to security-related charges against her, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL) [media website] said Tuesday. Azima, employed by a Persian service of RFE/RL, originally traveled to Iran in … [read more]

Legal News
3 Sep 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Iranian-American scholar Haleh Esfandiari [WWC profile; JURIST news archive], who was released on bail [JURIST report] from Iranian custody in August, obtained a passport from Tehran and left Iran Sunday night for an unknown destination, according to her lawyer. Esfandiari, an American citizen, is the director of the Middle … [read more]

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