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Legal News
19 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [official website] on Thursday commended [press release] President Edgar Lungu for commuting the death sentences of 332 men to life imprisonment, calling it "a laudable first step and a 'triumph' for the right to life." AI is now calling on President Lungu to completely abolish the … [read more]

Academic Commentary
4 Apr 2015
by Randall D. Eliason of George Washington University Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Randall D. Eliason of the George Washington University Law School discusses DOJ's recent opposition to relaxed sentencing guidelines ... On March 12, 2015, the US Sentencing Commission held a public hearing on its annual proposed amendments to the Federal Sentencing Guidelines. A number of the proposals concern … [read more]

Legal News
5 Mar 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Moscow City Court [official website, in Russian] on Thursday convicted a Russian police officer of treason for spying for the US and sentenced him to 15 years in prison. Roman Ushakov was found guilty [AP report] of giving classified information from the Russian Interior Ministry to the CIA … [read more]

Legal News
4 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

With the European Games [official website] approaching in Baku, Azerbaijan, this June, human rights groups on Wednesday urged the host nation to release political prisoners held on "trumped up" charges. The European Games are seen as an attempt to soften the authoritarian image of Azerbaijan under President Ilham Aliyev. Human … [read more]

Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] A Belgrade court on Friday considered whether to wipe the treason conviction against General Draza Mihailovic for his efforts supporting the Nazi regime during World War II. Serbian nationals showed up in droves to the courthouse to witness the decision on Mihailovic's oft contested legacy, and resolve a dispute … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The detention of Azeri human rights activist Leyla Yunus, held without trial since July, will be extended an additional five months, her lawyer said Wednesday. Yunus is the head of the Baku-based Institute for Peace and Democracy. She is detained on charges of treason, espionage and tax evasion. Human … [read more]

Legal News
16 Dec 2014
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein condemned [press release] the "savage extremism" of Taliban insurgents who killed at least 130 people, most of them children, at a school in Pakistan on Tuesday. This attack, described by Zeid as "an utterly despicable and incomprehensibly vicious attack … [read more]

Legal News
21 Nov 2014
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] Pakistan's Federal Shariat Court [official website] has ordered that Pakistan's government amend or re-file its complaint against former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] for treason to include the former prime minister Shaukat Aziz, law minister Zahid Hamid and judge Abdul Hameed Dogar as co-defendants. In 2007 during Musharraf's … [read more]

Academic Commentary
16 Sep 2014
by Stoyan Panov of University of Birmingham Law School

JURIST Guest Columnist Stoyan Panov of the University of Birmingham Law School compares and contrasts executive powers under the transitional constitutions of South Sudan and Somalia ...The veto power of the executive over legislation creates certain political and legal tensions in newly independent states or states which are sometimes labelled … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] Pakistan's parliament [Pakistan Senate official website] on Wednesday passed a new anti-terrorism bill [text; PDF] that detractors are claiming grants excessive power to police. The proposed legislation, known as the Protection of Pakistan Ordinance, allows police to use lethal force, to search buildings without a warrant and to detain … [read more]

Legal News
12 Jun 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Pakistan's Sindh High Court (SHC) [official website] on Thursday lifted [judgment, PDF] a travel ban that had prevented former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] from leaving the country. Opponents will have 15 days [PressTV report] to challenge the ruling, and Musharraf will not be allowed to leave the … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Apr 2014

JURIST Guest Columnists Daniel B. Levin and Victoria A. Degtyareva of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP discuss the federal bank fraud statute and Loughrin v. United States... Kevin Loughrin and an accomplice used six stolen and altered checks to steal just over $1,000 from a local Target store. They stole … [read more]

Legal News
11 Apr 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A Cambodian court on Friday sentenced 13 men, all members of the self-styled Khmer National Liberation Front [official website], to prison for plotting to overthrow Prime Minister Hun Sen's [JURIST news archive] government. The government accused the men of plotting insurrection and "opposing the nation" by calling for Sen's … [read more]

Legal News
9 Apr 2014
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The Constitutional Court of Russia [offical website] on Tuesday upheld [press release, in Russian] the constitutionality of a law requiring non-government organizations (NGOs) to register as "foreign agents" if they accept foreign funding. The law [materials, in Russian], passed in 2012, requires that all NGOs that accept foreign funding … [read more]

Legal News
31 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan on Monday charged former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] with high treason. If convicted, the former leader could face the death penalty. Musharraf pleaded not guilty [BBC report] to each of the charges against him, including unlawfully suspending the constitution, firing Pakistan's chief justice … [read more]

Legal News
27 Mar 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A court order from a special court in Pakistan on Thursday stated that the court will frame formal high treason charges against former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] on March 31. The order also reiterated that Musharraf would be arrested [Xinhua report] if he failed to appear at … [read more]

Legal News
14 Mar 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Friday issued an arrest warrant for former president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] in the event that he fails to attend the next court hearing on March 31. The court also directed [AP report] the government to ensure Musharraf's safety when he travels to court. … [read more]

Legal News
6 Mar 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf [JURIST news archive] filed an appeal to the Supreme Court on Thursday challenging the decision not to allow Musharraf's high treason charge to be tried in military court. A special court was set up in February to try the former president, denying … [read more]

Legal News
18 Feb 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

[JURIST] Former Pakistani prime minister Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile] made his first appearance in Pakistani court on Tuesday to answer charges of treason related to his suspension of the constitution and use of emergency powers in 2007. Musharraf has repeatedly delayed appearing in court, first based [Reuters report] on fear … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] The Suwon District Court in South Korea on Monday sentenced Lee Soek-ki [WSJ news archive] to 12 years in jail for plotting a pro-North Korea rebellion. Lee, a member of the opposition United Progressive Party [party website, in Korean] in South Korea's National Assembly [official website], was arrested in … [read more]