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Legal News
11 May 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The High Court of Kanartaka [official website], on Monday cleared former chief minister of Tamil Nadu, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, of all corruption charges on appeal. In the judgment [NYT report], Justice CR Kumaraswamy wrote that the lower court ruling "suffer[ed] from infirmity, and is not sustainable law." Monday's decision will … [read more]


Legal News
15 Apr 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Cairo criminal court on Wednesday jailed the former chief of staff of deposed Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile] following his conviction for abuse of power. Refaa al-Tahtawi was sentenced [AFP report] to a three-year jail term and ordered to pay a USD $9,000 fine after being convicted … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jan 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Venezuelan authorities on Friday passed new regulations that will allow soldiers to use deadly force against demonstrators if they feel that their lives are at risk. These regulations were passed [BBC news report] after a span of violent protests last year, as an attempt to maintain order in the … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2014
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) on Saturday agreed to organize an intelligence network [press release] with participating nations in an effort to combat corruption within the region. APEC acknowledged the necessity of a network between countries because current government corruption "impedes economic sustainability and development, threatens social security and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] An Indian court on Saturday sentenced Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Jayalalithaa Jayaram to four years in prison for corruption in a case that was filed 18 years ago. Special Judge John Michael D'Cunha held [Al Jazeera report] Jayaram "guilty of amassing wealth disproportionate to known sources of her income" … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] United Nations child rights experts on Monday praised [press release] the new Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on a Communications Procedure [text, PDF], which grants children access to international human rights protections by allowing minors to complain directly to the UN Committee on … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] on Thursday upheld the tax claim keeping former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] in exile and released his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive]. Lebedev's release came four months early, with the remainder of his … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2014
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) [official website] on Monday announced [press release] that a legal instrument, which grants children access to international human rights protections, will go into effect in April. The Optional Protocol to the Convention on the Rights of the Child … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Indian President Pranab Mukherjee [official website] on Wednesday signed into law a landmark anti-graft bill passed by parliament in December. The new law [AFP report] creates a corruption ombudsman with extensive power to prosecute politicians and civil servants to create a "bribe-free India." The bill was approved by parliament … [read more]


Legal News
20 Dec 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] signed a decree on Friday pardoning former oil tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], and releasing him from prison. Khodorkovsky has already spent over a decade in prison for fraud, theft and money laundering. In a statement posted … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A UN independent rights expert on Friday called on the Benin government to better protect the rights of children after a visit to the country reportedly revealed widespread abuse and exploitation. UN Special Rapporteur on the sale of children, child prostitution and child pornography Najat Maalla M'jid reported [press … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] An Indian court on Monday convicted Lalu Prasad Yadav, a former federal minister of India's state of Bihar and current MP, of corruption, criminal conspiracy and cheating. Yadav and 44 others were found guilty [AFP report] of conspiracy and cheating over a scam in the mid 1990s that siphoned … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2013
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Sweden's Ombudsman for Children [official website] Fredrik Malmberg called for the country to ban infant male circumcision [Dagens Nyheter op-ed, in Swedish] on Saturday, claiming the practice violates the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child [text]. In his editorial, Malmberg stated:There is no health-related basis for circumcising … [read more]


Legal News
6 Aug 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Russia [official website, in Russian] on Tuesday reduced the prison sentences of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive] by two months. As a result of the ruling, Khodorkovsky should now be … [read more]


Legal News
25 Jul 2013
by Theresa Donovan

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [judgment] Thursday that the 2005 trial and conviction of former Russian oil executive Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive] and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive] was not politically motivated. The court, however, did find that … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of India [official website] ruled [judgment, PDF] Wednesday that elected representatives convicted of serious crimes must vacant their positions immediately and be disqualified from future elections. The court's judgment struck down Section 8(4) of the Representation of the People Act [text, PDF], which permitted convicted members … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of the Russian Federation (RCC) [official website] ruled Monday that Russian citizens have the right to challenge parliamentary election results in court within the particular constituency where they originally cast their votes. Last May Russia's Human Rights Ombudsmen [backgrounder], Vladimir Lukin [official profile] filed a complaint … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2012
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, in Russian; JURIST news archive] signed into law Friday a recently passed bill that would prohibit United States citizens from adopting Russian children. The legislation was unanimously passed this week [JURIST report] by the Council of Federation [official website], the upper house of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2012
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Human Rights Ombudsman [backgrounder] in Russia, Vladimir Lukin [official profile], filed an appeal in a Moscow court on Tuesday following the ruling against Mikhail Khodorkovsky [defense website; JURIST news archive], the former CEO of Yukos, and his business partner Platon Lebedev [JURIST news archive]. Lukin filed the appeal … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2012
by Jamie Reese

[JURIST] President of the European Commission (EC) [official website] Jose Manuel Barroso [official website] on Thursday urged Romanian Prime Minister Victor Ponta [BBC profile] to respect the full independence of the judiciary [press release] by restoring the powers of the Constitutional Court of Romania [official website, in Romanian]. Since the … [read more]

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