March 9, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren
On Sunday the Oman Court of First Instance sentenced the former executive of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Muhammad Ali, to 15 years in prison and a fine of 1.7 million Omani rials for conviction in five cases of graft. A similar sentence along with a smaller fine was given to Ali's deputy ...[read more]
December 16, 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk
The US Department of Defense (DOD) announced Monday that two Guantanamo Bay detainees have been transferred to Saudi Arabia. Saad Muhammad Husayn Qahtani and Hamood Abdulla Hamood had been held since 2002, but neither had been charged with a crime. The two men were recommended for transfer in ...[read more]
November 19, 2013
by Theresa Donovan
Two citizens from Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) received prison terms on Monday for their Twitter posts, which were deemed to be insulting to Islam or in opposition to state security. Musaab Shamsah, a Kuwait citizen, was sentenced to five years in prison for insulting the Prophet ...[read more]
October 28, 2013
by Max Slater
An appeals court in Kuwait on Monday affirmed a 10-year prison sentence against Hamad al-Naqi, a commentator on Twitter for posts deemed offensive to Islam, according to rights activist Nawaf al-Handel. Al-Naqi was originally sentenced to 10 years in prison in June 2012 for posting insulting and ...[read more]
May 9, 2013
by Daniel Mullen
Chief Justice Dost Muhammad Khan of the High Court of Peshawar ruled Thursday that US drone strikes in the region are illegal. The justice also directed Pakistan's Foreign Ministry to introduce a resolution against such attacks in the UN. The decision stems from a lawsuit filed by the Foundation ...[read more]
March 9, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On March 9, 2007, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf suspended Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry for alleged misconduct and misuse of authority. General Musharraf seized executive power following the country's third military coup in 1999 and declared emergency rule in 2007, which the ...[read more]
February 9, 2013
by Max Slater
Egypt's administrative court ordered the country's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) on Friday to block YouTube because it carried the controversial amateur film Innocence of Muslims. The amateur film sparked violent protests in the Middle East last year for portraying the ...[read more]
January 4, 2013
by Arjun Mishra
On January 4, 2011, Salman Taseer, the governor of Pakistani's Punjab Province, was assassinated by one of his own security guards for his opposition to the country's blasphemy laws. Taseer was a prominent opponent of the laws, which were used to execute a Christian woman in 2010 for insulting the ...[read more]
October 16, 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth
Five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks do not have to attend court proceedings against them, a military judge ruled Monday. Army Col. James Pohl ruled that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul Aziz Ali and Mustafa Ahmed Adam al ...[read more]
August 13, 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo
A Bahrain court has sentenced a man to two years of imprisonment for making defamatory comments about a wife of the Prophet Muhammad. The 19-year-old man allegedly posted offensive comments on a website that insulted Muhammad's wife Aisha. The Bahrain Information Affairs Authority (IAA) announced ...[read more]

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