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Legal news from Monday, June 4, 2012
by Sung Un Kim

A Kuwait court on Monday sentenced a man to ten years of imprisonment for posting insulting and defaming comments about the Prophet Muhammad and the Sunni Muslim rulers of Saudi Arabia and Bahrain on Twitter. Judge Hisham Abdullah found 26-year-old Hamad al-Naqi, a Shia Muslim, guilty on all charges of endangering …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

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 of Justice alleges that Amal has engaged in illegal activity, …

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by Sung Un Kim

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urged countries on Sunday to increase their efforts to counter the prevalent threat of terrorism. At a second meeting of the advisory board of the UN Centre for Counter-Terrorism (UNCCT) in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Ban stated that nations have to work together to prevent and counter terrorism …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

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 said on Monday that they were …

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by Sung Un Kim

A court in Kazakhstan 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 when oil workers demanded higher pay and better conditions, but …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Japanese police have arrested one of the last fugitive members of Aum Shinrikyo 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 one of two suspects of the gas attacks who remains …

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by Sung Un Kim

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). Mounir Ben Mohamed Dhahri, Munir Awad, Omar Abdalla Aboelazm and Sabhi Ben Mohamed Zalouti, all Swedish residents of African or Middle Eastern origin, attempted a shooting spree in JP's …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court on Monday ruled 6-3 in Armour v. Indianapolis that a tax amnesty program did not violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of those citizens who had already paid the taxes in full. The case involved an Indianapolis tax scheme that was changed mid-project such that several residents were forgiven …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Federal Arbitration Court in Tyumen on Monday ordered a new hearing in a lower court in a lawsuit against British Petroleum (BP). 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 the deal between BP and Rosneft last year. …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court ruled unanimously Monday in Reichle v. Howards that two secret service agents are entitled to qualified immunity in a lawsuit alleging retaliatory arrest. The petitioners are two Secret Service agents who arrested the respondent, Steven Howards, following an encounter with then-US vice president Dick Cheney. Petitioners …

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by Sung Un Kim

Chinese authorities on Monday detained hundreds of activists in Beijing marking the twenty-third anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown. The arrests came a day after the US urged China to free Tiananmen Square activists who are still in detention. The US also has called on China Sunday to ensure the universal human rights of its …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

The US Supreme Court granted certiorari 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. The defendant has argued that the detention, which occurred after …

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by Sung Un Kim

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Monday urged Rwanda to stop assisting an accused war criminal in the Democratic Republic of the Congo who is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC). General Bosco Ntaganda is wanted by the ICC …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

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 in order to affect his chances in the upcoming election on June 28. …

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by Sung Un Kim

The Supreme Court of Libya on Sunday agreed to rule on a controversial law that criminalizes and punishes speech and propaganda endangering the security of the state or glorifying former leader Muammar Gaddafi. The law prohibits speech and other expression that would interfere with "military efforts to defend the …

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by Rebecca DiLeonardo

Egyptian prosecutors plan to appeal the verdict in the trial of former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak 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 Arab Spring protests and sentenced him to life in prison …

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