Legal news from Monday, September 24, 2012

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Monday upheld death sentences for 14 Islamists convicted of murdering several people in Sinai Peninsula attacks last year. In particular, the Ismailia court ordered the convicts, all members of the monotheist and militant group Tawheed wal Jihad [advocacy website], to be hanged [Reuters report] … [read more]

[JURIST] The Jerusalem District Court [Times of Israel news archive] on Monday sentenced former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] to a one-year suspended sentence and a fine of about USD $19,000 on a charge of breaching public trust. The conviction stems from Olmert's role in … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Vietnam ordered three bloggers jailed for anti-state propaganda on Monday. Bloggers Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, Phan Thanh Hai, alias Anhbasg, and Ta Phong Tan [blogs, in Vietnamese] were charged [JURIST report] in April in the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City [official website, … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture [official website] Juan Mendez said Saturday after a visit to Morocco that the human rights situation in the country is improving but that more effort is needed to eradicate torture [press release]. Mendez stated that the situation pertaining to torture had improved greatly over … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Friday dismissed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed by an elections transparency group aiming to prevent Colorado counties from using election ballots that have identifying numbers or bar codes printed on them. The Citizen Center … [read more]

[JURIST] The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) [official website] on Friday issued new international guidelines [materials, PDF; press release] regarding the detention of asylum-seekers. The new guidelines were presented amid statements of concern over the growing use of detention in a number of countries as global … [read more]

[JURIST] Germany is seeking the extradition of an 87-year-old Philadelphia man who is accused of committing war crimes as an SS Guard at Auschwitz concentration camp, the Associated Press (AP) reported [AP report] Sunday. Retired Toolmaker Johann Breyer told the AP that he was a guard at the camp but … [read more]

[JURIST] Faezah Hashemi [The Iranian profile], the daughter of former Iranian President Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani, was arrested on Saturday and taken to Evin Prison to serve a six-month prison sentence. Faezah Hashemi, an outspoken critic of Iran's incumbent government, was arrested [RFE/RL report] upon returning from a trip to London. … [read more]

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