November 25, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri, decided Monday not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of teenager Michael Brown in August. St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch released documents and evidence that were presented to the grand jury, including jury ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A special tribunal in Bangladesh on Monday sentenced a man to death for his role in killings during Bangladesh's 1971 independence war. Mobarak Hossain was a former commander of a collaborators' group of the Pakistani army. Hossian was convicted of killing 33 civilians in the eastern Bangladeshi ...[read more]
November 24, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A military court in Thailand on Monday sentenced web editor Nut Rungwong to four-and-a-half years in jail for publishing an article five years ago that the court ruled defamed the nation's king. Thailand's lese-majeste law, which punishes people who defame, insult or threaten the monarchy, is one ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A US military lawyer for a Guantanamo Bay detainee argued Monday that the detainee, who is described as an al Qaeda commander, may be classified as a soldier according to international war rules and thus exempt from prosecution. The lawyer asked a judge to dismiss the charges against Abd al Hadi ...[read more]
November 18, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process on Tuesday strongly condemned the attack on a synagogue in West Jerusalem. The Special Coordinator, Robert Serry, called on all sides to do everything possible to avoid further escalation. The attack Tuesday killed at least four people, ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
An Egyptian court on Monday referred five students from Al-Azhar University to a military trial over a violent protest in January when part of a campus building was torched. The referral took place under a controversial new law passed last month, which expands the army's powers to try civilians, ...[read more]
November 17, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
Last week a law student was found guilty for a terrorism-related offense in the UK after a semi-secret trial. The Turkish-born student, Erol Incedal, was found guilty of possessing a bomb-making document that is likely useful to terrorists. Prosecutors sought to keep the trial secret on national ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
The People's Court of Kashgar in China's western region of Xinjiang sentenced 22 people to prison terms for illegal religious activities and other crimes. The Xinhua News Agency stated it is the latest sign of unease over Muslim extremism in the region. Prison sentences ranged from five to 16 ...[read more]
November 11, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A South Korean court sentenced the captain of the ferry Sewol to 36 years in jail after being found guilty of negligence. He was acquitted of homicide for which prosecutors had sought the death penalty. The Sewol ferry capsized in April, killing 304 passengers, on a routine voyage to the island ...[read more]
November 10, 2014
by Alison Sacriponte
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Arizona on Friday struck down an Arizona law that made smuggling immigrants a state crime because it conflicts with federal laws governing immigration. The law was passed in 2005 and designed to prosecute those trafficking people into the ...[read more]

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