INTERNATIONAL CRIMINAL LAW
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Bangladesh war crimes convict dies in prison
October 24, 2014
A former Bangladeshi Islamist party leader, who was imprisoned for war crimes last year, died on Thursday of a heart attack in a prison cell of a government hospital. Ghulam Azam was 91 when his life support was removed at the Bangabandhu Sehikh Mujib Medical University. Azam was sentenced last year....... [more]

ICC orders interim release of four suspects with ties to Bemba case
October 23, 2014
Judge Cuno Tarfusser of the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday reviewed the detention status of four suspects motu proprio and ordered their interim release in a case pending before the ICC related to the detention of former Congolese vice president Jean-Pierre Bemba Gombo, whose case is....... [more]

Report: Mexico military attempted to cover up civilian murders
October 22, 2014
Mexico's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Tuesday released a report detailing the military cover-up that occurred after June 30, when 22 criminal suspects were executed by soldiers in an empty warehouse in the municipality of Tlatlaya. Official reports detail an alleged confrontation betwe....... [more]

Kuwait sentences 13 to jail for reciting opposition speech
October 22, 2014
A court in Kuwait on Wednesday convicted 13 people of challenging the country's ruler by reciting a speech from Musallam Al Barrack, a leading opposition figure. After giving a speech during an October 2012 anti-government protest, Barrack was arrested for insulting leader Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahma....... [more]

Arizona appeals court rules medical marijuana no defense to DUI charge
October 22, 2014
The Arizona Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that the Arizona Medical Marijuana Act (AMMA) does not protect legal medical marijuana users from being charged with driving under the influence (DUI). The court reviewed the appeal submitted by Travis Darrah, a legal medical marijuana license holder, and d....... [more]

Egypt court sentences 7 Islamic militants to death
October 22, 2014
An Egyptian military tribunal on Tuesday confirmed the death sentences of seven Islamic militants who were convicted of killing army officers. The original charges brought against the Islamic militants were shooting at security forces, planning terrorist operations,and attacking military bases and f....... [more]

UN urges Iraq to place moratorium on death penalty
October 20, 2014
UN officials called on the government of Iraq Sunday to impose a moratorium on the death penalty in response to a significant rise in executions since the country restored capital punishment in 2005. The UN Assistance Mission for Iraq and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR....... [more]

Prominent Iran human rights lawyer banned from practicing law
October 19, 2014
The semi-official news group Iranian Students' News Agency 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, she p....... [more]

Thailand scholar facing charges for comments against former king
October 19, 2014
Prominent Thai scholar Sulak Sivaraksa was cited in a criminal complaint on Thursday for his comments about a Thai king who died 400 years ago. Two retired senior army officers filed the criminal complaint, which included a charge of lese-majeste, or intentionally insulting the monarchy. The action....... [more]

Recent Arrest May Encourage Judicial Reforms in Africa
October 18, 2014
JURIST Guest Columnist Roland Adjovi, Assistant Professor at Arcadia University, discusses some of the possible implications of the recent arrest and accusations levied toward Martina Johnson ...Martina Johnson joined the National Patriotic Front of Liberation (NPFL) of Charles G. Taylor in 1990. Sh....... [more]

Khmer Rouge defense lawyers announce boycott of genocide trial
October 18, 2014
Defense lawyers for former Khmer Rouge leaders Nuon Chea and Khieu Samphan announced Saturday their intent to boycott the second trial against their clients in the Trial Chamber of the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC) until the lawyers have had time to appeal the men's earlier....... [more]




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