Legal news from Sunday, July 7, 2013
13:07 EDT

[JURIST] The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill that would reverse the currently existing draft exemption for, among others, ultra-Orthodox men. The new bill, approved by a vote of 14-0 with four abstentions, would limit the number of men [Reuters report] who are exempted from being drafted every year. [read more]

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[JURIST] Council of Europe (COE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks [official profile] on Friday urged an investigation [press release] into Turkey's "extremely disproportionate" use of police force against anti-government protesters during last month's violent protests in the country. Muizineks acknowledged that recent statements by President Abdullah Gul [press release] [read more]

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[JURIST] Radical cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was deported Sunday from London's Belmarsh prison to the prison of Muwaggar in Amman, Jordan. Qatada was previously sentenced in absentia to life in prison for conspiring to carry out al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] linked attacks in [read more]

11:07 EDT

[JURIST] Egyptian blogger Ahmed Douma, who had been sentenced to six months in prison for insulting ousted president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was released on Saturday, according to the state news agency MENA [official website]. The prosecution requested Douma's release [Reuters report] on Thursday, dropping his charges [read more]

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