Legal news from Monday, April 8, 2013

[JURIST] Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych [official website; BBC profile] signed a decree [press release] on Sunday pardoning Yuriy Lutsenko, a former interior minister and a close ally of the imprisoned former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko [official website; JURIST news archive]. Lutsenko was serving a four-year sentence on charges of abuse … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Monday ordered former Pakistani president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to remain in the country until he has responded to allegations of treason. The allegations stem from Musharraf's 1999 military overthrow [BBC backgrounder] of democratically-elected prime … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Supreme Judicial Council on Sunday urged Prosecutor-General Talaat Abdallah to resign and return to his former position as a judge. Abdallah has been criticized [Egypt Independent report] by the liberal opposition who accuse him of targeting critics of President Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], the Muslim … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet announced an amendment to the De-Baathification law on Monday that would allow thousands of former members of Saddam Hussein's now-defunct Baath party [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to serve in the public sector and receive pensions. The proposed amendment would allow former Baath party branch chiefs … [read more]

[JURIST] The Kansas legislature [official website] on Friday approved an anti-abortion bill [HB 2253, PDF; HB 2253 materials] that declares that life begins at fertilization, granting unborn children "all the rights, privileges and immunities available to other persons, citizens and residents" of the state. The bill prohibits the state from … [read more]

[JURIST] Turkish judges on Monday delayed closing arguments in the trial of 275 individuals charged with plotting to overthrow the government of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan [official profile, Turkish]. Defendants were scheduled to deliver closing statements [AP report] on Monday, but mass protests outside the courtroom caused delays, … [read more]

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