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Legal News
6 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Afghanistan's Primary Court in Kabul sentenced four men to death on Tuesday for the mob killing of a 27-year-old Afghan woman in March. Farkhunda was killed March 19 after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran, although an investigation later determined she never did. The attack was … [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
7 Mar 2013
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for terrorism detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] and the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] sent a letter [text, PDF] to Rear Admiral John Smith Jr. [official profile] describing harsh conditions faced by the detainees and indicated that the detainees have begun to protest … [read more]

Legal News
29 Jan 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday upheld the in absentia death sentences of seven Coptic Christians and an American preacher on charges stemming from the amateur anti-Muslim film Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder], which sparked violent protests in the Middle East last year. A criminal court in Cairo sentenced [JURIST … [read more]

Legal News
29 Nov 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced in absentia seven Coptic Christians and an American preacher to death on charges stemming from an anti-Muslim film, Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder], which sparked violent protests in the Middle East earlier this year. The death sentences are primarily symbolic, as all of … [read more]

Legal News
27 Nov 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Pakistani judges on Tuesday to stop using contempt of court powers [press release] as a mechanism for silencing the media's critique of the judiciary. Since 2009 when the independent judiciary was restored, Supreme Court Chief Justice Iftikhar Chaudhry and the provincial high … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2012
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered police to drop blasphemy charges against a 14-year-old girl, which had sparked international concern over the use of the country's controversial law. The girl was charged [Bloomberg report] under Pakistan's blasphemy law for allegedly burning pages for a Koran. She was released on … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced a Shia cleric to two years in prison on blasphemy charges. Chief Judge Purnomo Amin Tjahjo of the Sampang district court announced the sentence of Tajul Muluk, whose teachings were deemed to have deviated from mainstream Islam [AFP report] resulting in "public anxiety" … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] A South African court on Monday found the controversial African National Congress (ANC) [party website; NYT backgrounder] Youth League President Julius Malema [BBC profile] guilty [ruling, text] of hate speech for singing the apartheid-era protest song "Shoot the Boer." Boer is the Afrikaans word for farmer and broadly refers … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2011
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] was acquitted of all charges [judgment text, in Dutch] on Thursday, the court finding his anti-Islam statements were not hate speech or discriminatory. Wilders has made several "anti-Islam" comments as a political official, including: several comments similar to "I don't … [read more]

Legal News
23 May 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An Amsterdam court on Monday rejected claims by Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] that the hate speech charges [prosecution materials, in Dutch] against him should be dropped over claims of bias. Wilder, a right-wing politician, is on trial for making anti-Islamic statements. The charges against … [read more]

Academic Commentary
3 May 2011

JURIST Special Guest Columnist David A. Westbrook, of the University at Buffalo Law School, says that Congress should announce that Koran burning and other inflammatory gestures are inconsistent with American values ... Last month, Terry Jones, the pastor of a Florida church, had a Koran burned and posted the proceedings … [read more]

Professional Commentary
15 Apr 2011

Gerolf Hagens [Teamleider, Kaveity and Kaveity]: "The trial against Geert Wilders has received worldwide attention, yet many outsiders are unaware of its underlying issues. From the start, the trial has raised a lot of questions and doubts, both from people who agree with the prosecution of Wilders, as well as … [read more]

Legal News
30 Mar 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] A panel of judges for the Amsterdam District Court on Wednesday ordered that the trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive], on charges [prosecution materials, in Dutch] of making anti-Islamic statements, go ahead over his objections that the court was the improper venue for … [read more]

Legal News
7 Feb 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] The Amsterdam District Court began the new trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders [personal website; JURIST news archive] Monday after replacing the previous panel of judges. The replacement panel will now hear the case [BBC report] against Wilders, which stems from charges that he made inflammatory statements against … [read more]

Legal News
28 Jul 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A Russian court on Wednesday made public a ruling banning access to five websites, including the video-sharing network Youtube [website], for what it calls extremist elements. A court in the city of Komsomolsk-on-Amur obliged the local Internet provider Rosnet to block access to the sites in its region of … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] The French National Assembly [official website, in French] on Tuesday began debate on a bill that would make it illegal to wear the Islamic burqa [JURIST news archive] or other full face veils in public. Under the bill, women who wear the veil can be required by police to … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jun 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Wednesday reimposed a ban on the video sharing network YouTube [official website] after content deemed offensive to Muslims resurfaced on the website when a previous ban was lifted last month. The court also restricted access to Yahoo, MSN, Hotmail, Google, Islam Exposed, In The Name … [read more]

Legal News
16 Feb 2009
by Jay Carmella

[JURIST] An appeals court in Afghanistan on Sunday upheld a lower court's decision to sentence two men convicted of translating the Koran to 20 years in prison. The three-judge panel ruled [AP report] that the men were guilty of modifying the Koran, but did not issue the maximum punishment of … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A bill introduced in the Malaysian parliament on Monday would require all criminal suspects to submit DNA samples, a measure that has been tied to to the ongoing investigation into sodomy charges [JURIST report] against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] since the government promised to … [read more]

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