Legal news from Saturday, April 7, 2012
14:04 EDT

[JURIST] A Tunisian military appeals court upheld the convictions against ex-president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] on Saturday for torturing military officers over an alleged coup plot in 1991. The appeals court reduced the four-year sentences against individuals formerly in Ben Ali's government, including the [read more]

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[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Friday condemned [press release] recent attacks by troops loyal to the Syrian government against innocent civilians. On Monday the Syrian government promised to completely withdraw its troops by April 10, but Ban stated that having a timeline for withdrawal is not an [read more]

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[JURIST] Coup leader Amadou Haya Sanogo, who took control of Mali [JURIST news archive] last month, on Friday signed an agreement in which he agreed to return constitutional power to the country. The coup, headed by Sanogo took power over the country on March 21 [JURIST report] when a group [read more]

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[JURIST] Two Russian gay rights activists were arrested in St. Petersburg on Thursday for violating a new law banning promotion of homosexuality to minors that became effective last month [JURIST report]. The two activists were arrested for picketing against the law. The St. Petersburg police on Saturday also detained two [read more]

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