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Legal news from Monday, June 4, 2012

[JURIST] A Kuwait court on Monday sentenced a man to ten years of imprisonment for posting insulting and defaming comments about the Prophet Muhammad [BBC backgrounder] and the Sunni Muslim [BBC backgrounder] rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Twitter [media website]. Judge Hisham Abdullah found 26-year-old Hamad al-Naqi, a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Justice Ministry of Bahrain on Sunday announced that it would file a lawsuit seeking to ban the Islamic party known as the Islamic Action Society, or Amal, a party composed of mostly Shiite Muslims who have been critical of the monarchy. Reports on Monday indicated that the Ministry … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] urged [remarks] countries on Sunday to increase their efforts to counter the prevalent threat of terrorism [JURIST news archive]. At a second meeting of the advisory board of the UN Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT) [official website] in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Ban stated that … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in Azerbaijan on Monday ordered that youth activist Bakhtiyar Hajiyev be released nine months early on the condition that he remain in the country. Hajiyev, a conscientious objector (CO), was imprisoned last March after he failed to register for mandatory military service. Advocacy group Freedom Now … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Kazakhstan [official website] sentenced 13 out of 37 defendants to between three and seven years of imprisonment for their participation in unrest last December that resulted in at least 15 deaths and hundreds of injuries. The unrest occurred in a remote desert oil town of Zhanaozen … [read more]

[JURIST] Japanese police have arrested one of the last fugitive members of Aum Shinrikyo [FAS backgrounder] suspected of involvement in a nerve gas attack on the Tokyo subway system in 1995, a Japanese newspaper reported on Monday. The attacks killed 12 people and sickened over 5,500 more. Naoko Kikuchi is … [read more]

[JURIST] The Glostrup City Court on Monday sentenced four men to 12 years in prison for their attempt to kill people inside the office of Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten (JP) [media website]. Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, all Swedish residents of African … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] on Monday ruled 6-3 [opinion, PDF] in Armour v. Indianapolis [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that a tax amnesty program did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment [text] rights of those citizens who had already paid the taxes in full. The case involved an Indianapolis tax scheme … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Arbitration Court in Tyumen on Monday ordered a new hearing in a lower court in a lawsuit against British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website]. The suit was brought by minority shareholders in BP's Russian venture, TNK-BP, alleging that the venture suffered financial losses because of its exclusion in … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] ruled unanimously [opinion, PDF] Monday in Reichle v. Howards [SCOTUSblog backgrounder] that two secret service agents are entitled to qualified immunity [Cornell LII backgrounder] in a lawsuit alleging retaliatory arrest. The petitioners are two Secret Service agents who arrested the respondent, Steven Howards, … [read more]

[JURIST] Chinese authorities on Monday detained hundreds of activists in Beijing marking the twenty-third anniversary of the Tiananmen Square [BBC backgrounder] crackdown. The arrests came a day after the US urged [press statement] China to free Tiananmen Square activists who are still in detention. The US also has called on … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari [order list, PDF] Monday in Bailey v. United States [docket; cert. petition, PDF] to determine whether police officers may lawfully detain individuals incident to a search warrant when those individuals have left the premises before the search warrant could be executed. … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged Rwanda [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] to stop assisting an accused war criminal [press release] in the Democratic Republic of the Congo [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. General Bosco … [read more]

[JURIST] Former Mongolian president Nambar Enkhbayar went on trial for corruption charges on Monday. Enkhbayar was arrested in April and charged with corruption and abuse of power during his time as president until 2009. Enkhbayar told reporters that he believed his trial was politically motivated [BBC report] in order to … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Libya on Sunday agreed to rule on a controversial law [Law 37, PDF, in Arabic] that criminalizes and punishes speech and propaganda endangering the security of the state or glorifying former leader Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. The law prohibits speech and other … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutors plan to appeal the verdict in the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile, JURIST news archive] and his associates, a court official told reporters on Sunday. An Egyptian court on Saturday found Mubarak guilty of complicity in the killing of protesters during the … [read more]

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