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Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Testimony began Tuesday in a criminal defamation lawsuit brought on by the Thai Royal Navy [official website] against the website Phuketwan over a report it published claiming the military ignored refugee trafficking from Myanmar in exchange for monetary bribes. The report was originally published in Reuters [media website] in … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] The Iranian Revolutionary Court [BBC backgrounder] began on Monday the third closed-door hearing [IRNA report] for Jason Rezaian [advocacy website], a Washington Post correspondent accused of espionage for allegedly collecting confidential information, handing it to hostile governments, and acting against national security. Rezaian, a dual US-Iranian citizen, has been … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jul 2015
by William Helbling

Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika [official profile, in French] on Wednesday issued an emergency plan [press release] to combat the ethic driven civil unrest in the southern city of Ghardaia. It is reported [AP report] that 22 people have died due the violence exhibited within the region by rival gangs. The … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] A UK judge on Monday sentenced [sentencing remarks, PDF] former News of the World features editor Jules Stenson to a four month suspended prison sentence for his role in hacking the phones of celebrities and government officials. Stenson pleaded guilty [Telegraph report] to charges of violating the Regulation of … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Chinese ambassador Zhao Jianhua [official website] said Monday that the country would not participate in Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) [official website] hearings [PCA press release] over a territory dispute with the Philippines. At issue are a number of islands and shoals in the South China Sea, that the … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal [BBC profile] on Monday called [Twitter update] for India's prime minister Narendra Modi [official profile] to open an investigation into the deaths of a number of people connected to an employment exam corruption scandal. The so-called "Vyapam Scam" alleges corruption by members of the … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Egyptian officials on Sunday stated that Egypt may pursue legal action against journalists who report information on terrorist attacks that contradicts official government statements. Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile] is expected to approve a draft law [AFP report] already passed by the cabinet which would punish such … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] US President Barack Obama [official website] announced [press release] Wednesday that the government will no longer threaten litigation against families of US hostages who attempt to pay ransoms for the release of their loved ones. Obama plans [NYT report] to make this change a part of a larger overhaul … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] An Egyptian court upheld the death sentence of deposed president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday after consulting the grand Mufti, Egypt's highest religious figure and a government advisor on Islamic law. The death sentence was originally imposed [JURIST report] in May, with more than 100 … [read more]


Academic Commentary
9 Jun 2015
by Sarah Lamdan of CUNY School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Sarah Lamdan of the CUNY School of Law discusses the urgent need for federal agencies to reform their records management and data preservation and search functions so that they are not crippled by FOIA requests for email account data and other types of Internet generated electronic records … [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
2 Jun 2015
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The UN Independent Expert on the situation of human rights in Somalia, Bahame Tom Mukirya Nyanduga, on Monday urged the government of Somalia to continue working to increase human rights protections [press release]. Bahame Nyanduga stressed the importance of protecting freedom of expression, noting that, "Somali journalists are often harassed, … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jun 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Four former Serbian secret service agents pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Monday relating to the 1999 slaying of journalist Slavko Curuvija [b92 report]. Curuvija, an outspoken critic of former Serbian leader Slobodan Milosevic [Telegraph profile], was shot and killed outside his apartment in an assassination planned by … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] Washington Post [official website] correspondent Jason Rezaian's trial began [IRNA report] on Tuesday in Tehran's Islamic Revolutionary Court with a hearing that was closed to the public. Rezaian, a US-Iranian dual citizen has been detained in Iran for 10 months on charges of espionage and giving information to hostile … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] Egyptian authorities on Sunday executed six men convicted by a military court of killing two Egyptian soldiers. The men were convicted of killing the soldiers after an hour-long gunfight outside a bomb factory in Cairo. The men were also convicted of belonging to Sinai-based militant group Ansar Beit al-Maqdis, … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced ex-president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and more than 100 others to death for their involvement in a mass prison break in 2011. The prison break occurred during the country's 2011 uprising [JURIST backgrounder] that ousted then-president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile]. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
14 May 2015
by Roy S. Gutterman of S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications

JURIST guest columnist Roy S. Gutterman of the Syracuse University College of Law discusses recent changes to Malaysian sedition law...Sedition, laws criminalizing criticism of a monarchy or government, is not as anachronistic as knights in shining armor or a moat around the castle. In fact, in many countries around the … [read more]


Legal News
14 May 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Wednesday urgently called [press release] on all parties in Burundi to "exercise calm and restraint" amid reports of a coup taking place in the Burundian capital. The coup reportedly took place after President Pierre Nkurunziza left for a summit intended to resolve … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Mohamed Fahmy, an Al Jazeera [media website, in Arabic] journalist and Canadian national, announced plans on Monday to sue the network for negligence and seek USD $100 million in damages. Formerly a CNN journalist, Fahmy and two other Al Jazeera English journalists were convicted and sentenced by an Egyptian … [read more]


Legal News
12 May 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officer Jeffrey Sterling was sentenced Monday to 42 months in prison after being convicted of telling New York Times journalist James Risen [NY Times profile] about classified plans to thwart Iran's nuclear ambitions. In 2006 Risen published his book "State of War," … [read more]

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