Legal news from Sunday, May 15, 2011
15:05 EDT

[JURIST] Belarus's Minsk City Court on Saturday sentenced former presidential candidate Andrey Sannikau [Free Belarus Now profile] to a five-year maximum security prison sentence for organizing protests following the re-election [JURIST report] of President Alexander Lukashenko [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] in December 2010. Lukashenko reportedly won 80 percent of [read more]

11:05 EDT

[JURIST] Voters in the Swiss city of Zurich on Sunday rejected proposed bans on assisted suicide [JURIST news archive] for foreigners seeking an end to their lives. The ban was aimed at stopping [BBC report] a phenomenon known as "death tourism" or "suicide tourism" where people travel to Switzerland from [read more]

10:05 EDT

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Bangladesh [official website] on Sunday struck down the nation's Seventh Amendment [constitution text] which legitimized the military rule of General HM Ershad. The court declared [Daily Star report] Ershad's martial law rules, regulations and orders to be illegal, void and unconstitutional, upholding a decision by [read more]

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