November 20, 2012
by Sarah Posner
A Pakistani court on Tuesday ordered police to drop blasphemy charges against a 14-year-old girl, which had sparked international concern over the use of the country's controversial law. The girl was charged under Pakistan's blasphemy law for allegedly burning pages for a Koran. She was released ...[read more]
July 12, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
An Indonesian court on Thursday sentenced a Shia cleric to two years in prison on blasphemy charges. Chief Judge Purnomo Amin Tjahjo of the Sampang district court announced the sentence of Tajul Muluk, whose teachings were deemed to have deviated from mainstream Islam resulting in "public anxiety" ...[read more]
June 23, 2011
by Julia Zebley
Dutch politician Geert Wilders was acquitted of all charges on Thursday, the court finding his anti-Islam statements were not hate speech or discriminatory. Wilders has made several "anti-Islam" comments as a political official, including: several comments similar to "I don't hate Muslims, I hate ...[read more]
May 3, 2011
by Jonathan Cohen
JURIST Special Guest Columnist David A. Westbrook, of the University at Buffalo Law School, says that Congress should announce that Koran burning and other inflammatory gestures are inconsistent with American values ... Last month, Terry Jones, the pastor of a Florida church, had a Koran burned ...[read more]
April 15, 2011
by Yuriy Vilner
Gerolf Hagens: "The trial against Geert Wilders has received worldwide attention, yet many outsiders are unaware of its underlying issues. From the start, the trial has raised a lot of questions and doubts, both from people who agree with the prosecution of Wilders, as well as from those opposed... ...[read more]
February 7, 2011
by Ashley Hileman
The Amsterdam District Court began the new trial of right-wing Dutch politician Geert Wilders Monday after replacing the previous panel of judges. The replacement panel will now hear the case against Wilders, which stems from charges that he made inflammatory statements against Islam, calling the ...[read more]
February 16, 2009
by Jay Carmella
An appeals court in Afghanistan on Sunday upheld a lower court's decision to sentence two men convicted of translating the Koran to 20 years in prison. The three-judge panel ruled that the men were guilty of modifying the Koran, but did not issue the maximum punishment of death. Muslim clerics v... ...[read more]
August 18, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
A bill introduced in the Malaysian parliament on Monday would require all criminal suspects to submit DNA samples, a measure that has been tied to to the ongoing investigation into sodomy charges against opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim since the government promised to table it last month. Also ...[read more]
March 28, 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon Friday condemned a film made by far-right Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders that criticizes the Koran, calling it offensively anti-Islamic. In a statement, Ban said:I condemn, in the strongest terms, the airing of Geert Wilders' offensively anti-Islamic f... ...[read more]
January 22, 2008
by Jeannie Shawl
The US Supreme Court ruled Tuesday that a prison inmate cannot bring a lawsuit against federal prison guards over the handling of the inmate's possessions under the Federal Tort Claims Act. In Ali v. Federal Bureau of Prisons, Abdus-Shahid Ali sued prison officials working for both the Distric... ...[read more]

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