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Legal news from Monday, September 24, 2012
by Brandon Gatto

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, to be hanged for killing three police officers, one army officer, …

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by Brandon Gatto

The Jerusalem District Court on Monday sentenced former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert 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 a corruption case that forced him to resign from office …

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by Michael Haggerson

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 were charged in April in the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City on charges of spreading propaganda to defame the …

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by Michael Haggerson

UN Special Rapporteur on torture 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. Mendez stated that the situation pertaining to torture had improved greatly over the past decade, when secret detentions and disappearances were commonplace, …

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by Dan Taglioli

A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado on Friday dismissed a lawsuit 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 filed the lawsuit in February seeking an injunction …

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by Dan Taglioli

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) on Friday issued new international guidelines 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 asylum claims have risen over the …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

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 Sunday. Retired Toolmaker Johann Breyer told the AP that he was a guard at the camp but was not involved in the killing of Jewish and other …

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by Sarah Paulsworth

Faezah Hashemi, 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. She was sentenced in January to a six-month …

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