Legal news from Thursday, February 14, 2013
14:02 EDT

[JURIST] Egypt's National Telecommunication Regulatory Authority (NTRA) [official website, in Arabic] on Thursday appealed a court order banning [JURIST report] YouTube [official website] because it features the controversial film Innocence of Muslims [BBC backgrounder]. The film, which sparked violent protests throughout the Middle East last year, depicts [Telegraph report] the [read more]

13:02 EDT

[JURIST] A group of UN experts on Thursday urged Venezuela to release [press release, in Spanish] Judge Maria Lourdes Afiuni from prison. Afiuni has been incarcerated since 2009 [WP report] after she freed a prisoner that the government of President Hugo Chavez [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] wanted jailed. According [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A group of UN human rights experts joined Thursday to urge Indonesia to amend [press release] a Bill on Mass Organizations [text, PDF, in Indonesian] that is currently being considered by the legislature. The proposed legislation [UN News Centre report] would require organizations to register with the Ministry of [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] Iraq's Justice and Accountability Committee announced Thursday that the country's chief judge Medhat al-Mahmoud has been been removed from his office over ties to Saddam Hussein's Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The committee, which is responsible for removing former Baath party members, explained [AP report] that Wednesday's [read more]

12:02 EDT

[JURIST] A federal judge on Thursday accepted the guilty plea of Transocean Deepwater Inc. [corporate website] along with a criminal settlement of $400 million and $1 billion in civil penalties for the company's violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) [EPA summary] during the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill [BBC [read more]

11:02 EDT

[JURIST] Two members of the US House of Representatives [official website] on Wednesday reintroduced a controversial bill that would allow private companies and the federal government to share private security information related to cyber threats. In a bipartisan effort, Michigan Republican Mike Rogers and Maryland Democrat C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger [official [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] Kenyan presidential candidate Uhuru Kenyatta [case materials] asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday to postpone his trial. Kenyatta, a former finance minister, argues that his defense team needs more time [Reuters report] to respond to evidence revealed to them at the last minute leading up [read more]

10:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Oslo City Court on Thursday sentenced a Rwandan man to 21 years for being an accomplice to the 1994 Rwandan genocide [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. His conviction [Dagsavisen report; Norwegian] was specifically related to 2,000 killings during April 1994 to which the defendant, Bugingo, had significant connection. [read more]

07:02 EDT

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday ordered that the former chief-of-staff for deposed Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive], Zakaria Azmi, be released from prison after he was granted a retrial in a corruption case. Azmi was brought to court on charges of illegally acquiring and [read more]

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