May 6, 2015
by Emelina Perez
Afghanistan's Primary Court in Kabul sentenced four men to death on Tuesday for the mob killing of a 27-year-old Afghan woman in March. Farkhunda was killed March 19 after being accused of burning a copy of the Koran, although an investigation later determined she never did. The attack was ...[read more]
March 20, 2015
by Steven Wildberger
A judge in Pakistan's Lahore District and Sessions court on Friday sentenced Liaquat Ali to death for blasphemy. Ali was arrested in 2012 on accusations of blasphemy by a Mughalpura area prayer leader. Traditionally, Pakistan's blasphemy laws made it a crime to insult religious beliefs or destroy ...[read more]
November 20, 2012
by Sarah Posner
A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered police to drop blasphemy charges against a 14-year-old girl, which had sparked international concern over the use of the country's controversial law. The girl was charged under Pakistan's blasphemy law for allegedly burning pages for a Koran. She was released ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced a Shia cleric to two years in prison on blasphemy charges. Chief Judge Purnomo Amin Tjahjo of the Sampang district court announced the sentence of Tajul Muluk, whose teachings were deemed to have deviated from mainstream Islam resulting in "public anxiety" ...[read more]
June 23, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Dutch politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of all charges on Thursday, the court finding his anti-Islam statements were not hate speech or discriminatory. Wilders has made several "anti-Islam" comments as a political official, including: several comments similar to "I don't hate Muslims, I hate ...[read more]
May 3, 2011
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Special Guest Columnist David A. Westbrook, of the University at Buffalo Law School, says that Congress should announce that Koran burning and other inflammatory gestures are inconsistent with American values ... Last month, Terry Jones, the pastor of a Florida church, had a Koran burned ...[read more]
April 15, 2011
by Yuriy Vilner
Gerolf Hagens: "The trial against Geert Wilders has received worldwide attention, yet many outsiders are unaware of its underlying issues. From the start, the trial has raised a lot of questions and doubts, both from people who agree with the prosecution of Wilders, as well as from those opposed... ...[read more]
February 7, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The Amsterdam District Court began the new trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders Monday after replacing the previous panel of judges. The replacement panel will now hear the case against Wilders, which stems from charges that he made inflammatory statements against Islam, calling the ...[read more]
February 16, 2009
by Jay Carmella
An appeals court in Afghanistan on Sunday upheld a lower court's decision to sentence two men convicted of translating the Koran to 20 years in prison. The three-judge panel ruled that the men were guilty of modifying the Koran, but did not issue the maximum punishment of death. Muslim clerics ...[read more]
August 18, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
A bill introduced in the Malaysian parliament on Monday would require all criminal suspects to submit DNA samples, a measure that has been tied to to the ongoing investigation into sodomy charges against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim since the government promised to table it last month. Also ...[read more]

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