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Legal News
23 Jan 2016
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] In anticipation of the fifth anniversary of the Arab Spring uprising, Egyptian authorities have spent the last week clamping down on dissidents in an effort to avoid further political unrest. At the instruction of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi [BBC profile], Egyptian security forces searched over 5,000 homes, seized activists … [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
24 Nov 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The United Arab Emirates (UAE) Federal Supreme Court on Monday sentenced [WAM report] a Kuwait lawmaker for his comments and criticism directed to the UAE and state officials. Last year Kuwaiti lawmaker Mubarak al-Duwailah criticized [AP report] Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nayhan on live television … [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
2 Nov 2015
by Alonso Diaz

An Alexandria court of appeals on Monday ordered a retrial for 77 Muslim Brotherhood supporters. The defendants were charged [Ahram report] with murder, possession of weapons, rioting and a number of other criminal charges stemming from a July 2013 protest. They were sentenced [ET report] to five to 10 years … [read more]


Legal News
27 Oct 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Egypt's state news agency MENA [official website] reported Monday that government security forces have arrested the secretary general of the Muslim Brotherhood Freedom and Justice Party [party website] and another top ranked member of the party. A source from the Egyptian security forces revealed [Ahram report] that secretary general … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Cairo Criminal Court found the brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri innocent of terrorism charges on Thursday. Mohamed al-Zawahri was the leader [AP report] of the Jihadi Salafist [PBS backgrounder] group and was an ally of ex-president Mohammed Morsi, who is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Mohamed al-Zawahiri … [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
13 Sep 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi [BBC profile] on Saturday accepted [Aljazeera report] the resignation of his prime minister and and his cabinet. The resignation comes after former Agriculture Minister was detained [JURIST report] on Monday, after an investigation headed by the country's prosecutor revealed that the minister and others … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Egypt's former Agriculture Minister [official website] was detained Monday after an investigation headed by the country's prosecutor revealed that the minister and others received bribes amounting to over USD $1 million. The detention of former minister Salah el-Din Helal came after he resigned at the request of President Abdel … [read more]


Academic Commentary
31 Aug 2015
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University Faculty of Law discusses Egypt's anti-terrorism law... After the revolution of 2011, which resulted in President Hosni Mubarak being forced to step down, delegating his powers to the armed forces, Egypt witnessed a huge wave of factional protest movements and escalated violence, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Aug 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Saturday sentenced Mohamed Badie and 88 other Muslim Brotherhood [official website] members to life imprisonment for their role in a 2013 attack on a police station. First reported by Middle East News Agency (MENA), Egypt's state-run news agency, most defendants were tried and sentenced … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday sentenced former Prime Minister Ahmed Nazif [BBC backgrounder] to five years in prison on during a retrial graft charges. Nazif served during the presidency of Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] until the start of the Egyptian Uprising [Aljazeera timeline] in 2011, and was convicted of … [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]


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
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday announced the arrest of two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Gaza district after they were both convicted and sentenced to death in absentia. Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr were part of the brotherhood's highest office, the Guidance Bureau, and the organization … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Egypt's National Council for Human Rights [official website] reported on Sunday that at least 2,600 people have been killed by violence in the 18 months following the military ouster [Guardian report] of Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] in 2013. Head of the agency Mohammed Fayeq told reporters that the 2,600 … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman convicted of torturing an Islamist to death over a church bombing. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Shimi was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2012 for taking part in the torturing of Sayed Bilal until he was dead. On appeal the … [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]

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