Legal news from Tuesday, September 3, 2013

[JURIST] Kenya's parliament debated ending the country's membership in the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] on Tuesday, ahead of the impending trial of Vice President William Ruto and others. Parliamentary Deputy Speaker Joyce Laboso ordered a special sitting [AFP report] of the assembly for Thursday. Even if … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Argentinian president Carlos Menem [official website, in Spanish] appeared in court on Monday for allegedly falsifying his 2000 tax returns. Prosecutors argue that Menem hid bank accounts [BBC report] worth millions of dollars, as well as various aircraft, properties and cars from the tax authorities. Despite having been … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian military tribunal on Tuesday sentenced 11 supporters of deposed president Mohamed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to life imprisonment for assaulting army troops last month during riots that took place in the Suez Canal. Forty-five other individuals were sentenced to five years [AP report] in prison … [read more]

[JURIST] The trial of 92-year-old Siert Bruins [JURIST news archive], a former member of the Nazi Waffen SS [USHMM backgrounder], began Monday in Germany's Hagen State Court [official website, in German]. Prosecutors accuse Bruins of executing [AP report] captured Dutch Nazi-opposition fighter Aldert Klaas Dijkema in September 1944 outside the … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Tuesday ordered the closure of four media outlets, including an affiliate of Al Jazeera [news website], for their alleged support of the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. The Egyptian government reportedly claims [AP report] that Al-Jazeera's affiliate provided biased news coverage during Brotherhood … [read more]

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