Nepal high court orders release of opposition politicians Jaime Jansen at 3:15 PM ET
[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Nepal [government website; JURIST news archive] on Friday ordered the government to free 37 politicians who had been detained for opposing the direct rule of King Gyanendra [official profile; BBC profile], saying that the court did not find any legitimate reason for the detentions. The government arrested [JURIST report] hundreds of politicians and activists in the past few weeks in an effort to crack down on protests of King Gyanendra's rule, but the government released many of them following a series of lawsuits filed by rights groups demanding that the government produce charges against them.
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