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Legal news from Tuesday, January 3, 2012
by Jamie Davis

Former Turkish president Kenan Evren 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 Turkey's president in 1982 and was first questioned by authorities …

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by Sung Un Kim

Former Tunisian president Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali 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. Along with Ben Ali, numerous former senior officials were named …

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by Sung Un Kim

The five-member prosecution team on Tuesday began presenting its case against former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak. Mubarak is facing charges of complicity by ordering the killings of at least 840 protesters during the Egyptian revolution early last year after which Mubarak stepped down from the office. …

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by Jamie Davis

The daughter of former Iranian president Ali Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani 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, is also forbidden from being a member of any political party …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

The Israeli Knesset passed a new law on Tuesday that changes the rules governing the selection of Supreme Court justices. The contentious law has been criticized for undermining the independence of the judiciary in an effort to further a conservative judge favored by the government. Under the old law, Supreme Court Justice Asher …

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by Alexandra Malatesta

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. Opponents have criticized the constitution as giving the government too much power over the …

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