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Legal News
12 Mar 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A UN human rights expert on Thursday called on Iran [report, DOC] to revoke laws restricting freedom of press, free detained journalists, and stop blocking websites. Ahmed Shaheed [official website], the UN Special Rapporteur on Iran, said that President Hassan Rouhani [Guardian news archive] has not kept the promise … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive] was arrested last Wednesday on unknown charges, according to her husband Reza Khanda. Khanda reported [AFP report] that the couple's car was surrounded by intelligence agents in Tehran and both were arrested. Khanda stated on his Facebook page,"Nasrin and … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] urged Iran Tuesday to stop detaining and harassing human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive]. HRW also urged Iranian officials to end interference in the internal affairs of Iran's bar association. HRW stressed that the government and the bar association need to … [read more]

Legal News
19 Oct 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency [official website] reported on Sunday that an Iranian court has banned a prominent human rights lawyer from practicing law for three years. Nasrin Sotoudeh, who has won numerous awards for her work, stated that she will not appeal the decision. However, … [read more]

Legal News
14 Jul 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] An Iranian court has sentenced eight Facebook [corporate website] page administrators to jail for terms between eight and 21 years, Iran's official news agency, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) [official website], reported on Sunday. The defendants were convicted [AP report] of plotting against national security, spreading propaganda against … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] A judge in the southern Iranian province of Fars on Tuesday ordered [ISNA report; in Persian] Facebook [corporate website] founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg to appear in court regarding complaints that his company's Instagram and Whatsapp applications have violated individuals' privacy. The Iranian Students' News Agency [official website] quoted … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Experts from the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] voiced concern [press release] on Thursday about the lack of medical treatment to two political prisoners in Iran who are at risk of dying in detention. The experts have urged the Iranian government to … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Iranian human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh [Freedom Now backgrounder], has been summoned by the Iranian Intelligence Ministry according to a post on her husband's Facebook page [in Arabic] Tuesday. The summons are thought to be in response to a video [YouTube video, in Arabic] posted online showing Sotoudeh giving … [read more]

Legal News
12 Mar 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], on Tuesday upheld guilty verdicts against three US defendants in the 2003 extraordinary rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect. The three Americans are CIA agents who participated in the kidnapping of terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) office of the Inspector General has reportedly requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] investigate CIA conduct in secret detention programs that was the focus of an unreleased US Senate [official website] study. Individuals reported to McClatchy Newspapers [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
25 Feb 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation [official website, in Italian], on Monday dismissed the convictions of five Italian agents related to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [JURIST news archive]. The five … [read more]

Legal News
6 Dec 2013
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [JURIST news archive], who was kidnapped in Milan as part of the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive], was sentenced to six years in prison on Friday by an Italian court after being convicted in absentia … [read more]

Legal News
23 Nov 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Egyptian cleric Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr [JURIST news archive] has gone on trial in absentia in Italy on charges of criminal association with the goal of terrorism and aiding illegal emigration with the goal of terrorism, based on an investigation from 2002. Before the investigation could be concluded and … [read more]

Legal News
11 Oct 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] The European Parliament said Thursday that EU member states' complicity with the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official websites] rendition program [JURIST news archive] has led to violations of fundamental rights and must end immediately. Members of European Parliament pointed to the recent disclosures [press release] surrounding the National … [read more]

Legal News
24 Sep 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran Ahmed Shaheed [official website] on Wednesday hailed the recent release [press release] of more than a dozen prisoners of conscience but urged the government to release hundreds of other prisoners detained "solely for … [read more]

Legal News
19 Sep 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] Iranian lawyer and prominent human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh [JURIST news archive] was permanently released on Wednesday, after spending over two years in prison. Sotoudeh was serving six-year sentence for her September 2010 arrest and conviction for propaganda and harming national security. Other prisoners serving prison terms related to … [read more]

Legal News
12 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] The office of Italy's president [official website, in Italian] on Thursday confirmed that it has received a pardon request from a former Milan Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] station chief who was sentenced to nine years in prison for the 2003 kidnapping and rendition [JURIST news archive] of … [read more]

Legal News
7 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Italian president Giorgio Napolitano [official biography] on Friday pardoned [press release, in Italian] US Air Force Colonel Joseph Romano of his conviction related to the US Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) [official website] abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. Joseph Romano was … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms while countering terrorism Ben Emmerson [official profile] called Monday on the US government to publish the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence [official website] report detailing investigations into the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] … [read more]

Legal News
28 Feb 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The National Congress of Argentina [official website, in Spanish] on Thursday approved an agreement with Iran to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community center in Buenos Aires. Argentinian courts have long accused Iran of sponsoring the attack [Reuters report], which killed 85 people, and in 2007 Argentinian … [read more]

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