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Legal news from Tuesday, January 3, 2012

[JURIST] Former Turkish president Kenan Evren [official profile] and former air force commander Tahsin Sahinkaya have been charged with crimes against the state in connection with a 1980 military coup and could face life imprisonment, according to Tuesday reports. Evren was head of the 1980 military coup before he became … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] went on trial in absentia Tuesday before a military court. The trial will focus on who ordered snipers to kill 41 protesters during last year's Tunisian revolution which resulted in the death of more than 200 protesters. … [read more]

[JURIST] The five-member prosecution team on Tuesday began presenting its case against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive]. Mubarak is facing charges of complicity by ordering the killings of at least 840 protesters [JURIST report] during the Egyptian revolution [JURIST news archive] early last year … [read more]

[JURIST] The daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani [BBC profile] was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in prison after being convicted of spreading propaganda against the country's current government. Faezeh Hashemi, who is a former member of Iran's Parliament [official website, in Persian], is also forbidden … [read more]

[JURIST] The Israeli Knesset [official website] passed a new law on Tuesday that changes the rules governing the selection of Supreme Court [official website] justices. The contentious law has been criticized [AP report] for undermining the independence of the judiciary in an effort to further a conservative judge favored by … [read more]

[JURIST] Tens of thousands of protesters gathered outside of the Hungarian State Opera on Monday to protest the the country's controversial new constitution, which took effect January 1. A gala was being held to celebrate the new constitution, which the protesters condemned as hypocritical [AP report]. Opponents have criticized the … [read more]

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