February 25, 2015
by William Helbling
Chinese writer Huang Zerong, known also by his pen name Tie Liu, on Wednesday received a suspended 2.5 year prison sentence for charges of running an illegal business. Zerong was sentenced for allegedly publishing articles critical of Communist Party propaganda chief Liu Yunshan. The 81-year-old ...[read more]
February 17, 2015
by Addison Morris
A Russian appellate court on Tuesday upheld the 3.5 year prison sentences of lead opposition activist Alexei Navalny and his brother, Oleg Navalny. Both brothers were sentenced last December, fined 500,000 rubles (USD $8,500) and ordered to together pay 4.4 million rubles (USD $76,000) in ...[read more]
January 26, 2015
by Peter Snyder
An Egyptian appeals court Monday convicted a doctor of manslaughter in a female genital mutilation (FGM) that resulted in the death of a 13-year-old girl in 2013. The doctor, Raslan Fadl, who was originally cleared of charges at the trial level, was fined and sentenced to two years of hard labor ...[read more]
January 13, 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia
A Saudi judge on Tuesday sentenced prominent human rights lawyer Walid Abu al-Khair to an additional five years in jail after he refused to show remorse for "showing disrespect" to authorities and creating an unauthorized association. Abu al-Khair is the founder of the watchdog group Monitor of ...[read more]
December 30, 2014
by Alexandra Farone
Moscow's Zamoskvoretsky District Court announced an early verdict on Tuesday, giving opposition activist Alexei Navalny a suspended sentence of 3.5 years for embezzlement, and ordering him to stay under house arrest until the sentence takes effect. The court also sentenced his brother, Oleg ...[read more]
September 21, 2014
by William Helbling
An Egyptian High court on Sunday suspended Egyptian activist and human rights lawyer Mahienour El-Masry's six-month jail sentence. El-Masry has been detained for violating Egypt's protest law since May and in June had her jail sentence reduced from two years to six months with a fine of LE50,000 ( ...[read more]
May 31, 2014
by William Helbling
A Cambodian court on Friday convicted 23 workers and activists for inciting violence during a mass garment workers' strike but suspended their jail sentence, which has caused a lot of controversy and international scrutiny. The ruling reverses the appeals court's decision in February, which ...[read more]
October 16, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
A Russian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the embezzlement conviction of Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's chief political opponent, but suspended his five-year jail sentence, allowing him to walk free. Navalny was sentenced to five years for embezzling 16 million roubles (USD $500,000) ...[read more]
April 15, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Istanbul 19th criminal court convicted well-known Turkish pianist Fazil Say on Monday for insulting Islam and inciting hatred. Say was given a suspended 10-month sentence. The controversial case focused on several comments Say made through Twitter. Say's lawyers contend that Say did not ...[read more]
September 30, 2012
by Matthew Pomy
Egyptian Defence Minister General Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi on Saturday ordered a reduced sentence for a group of military officers who took part in opposition protests in April 2011. There were 22 officers, known as the April 8 Officers, arrested for their participation in protests in support of the ...[read more]

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