Legal news from Sunday, August 25, 2013

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday released a policy directive [text, pdf] known as the "Family Interest Directive" emphasizing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) [official website] agents should apply "prosecutorial discretion" towards undocumented immigrant parents of minors to limit detaining parents and to safeguard their parental rights. The directive … [read more]

[JURIST] A Cairo court on Sunday adjourned the trial of three Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] leaders, Mohammed Badie, Khairat al-Shater and Rashad Bayoumy, after the three failed to appear in court, citing security conserns. The judge postponed [Reuters report] the trial to October 29. Badie was arrested … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Egyptian prime minister Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile] appeared in court on Sunday to face retrial on complicity charges in the killing of over 100 protesters during the country's 2011 uprising. Mubarak was recently released from prison [JURIST report] and placed under house arrest at a military hospital after … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Friday condemned [news release] the escalating violence in Syria, insisting that any use of chemical weapons would constitute a crime against humanity with "serious results for the perpetrator." Ban called for an immediate investigation [UN News Centre report] into the use of … [read more]

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