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Legal news from Sunday, March 17, 2013

[JURIST] Egypt's criminal court on Saturday acquitted former ministers of tourism and housing, Zohair Garanah and Ahmed al-Maghrabi, of charges of corruption. Both men were charged with profiteering and illegally selling state-owned land during their time as ministers under former president Hosni Mubarak [JURIST news archive]. Garanah was originally convicted … [read more]

[JURIST] More than 130 UN member states on Friday agreed [press release] to adopt new measures to prevent and eliminate violence against women and girls in a document produced at the conclusion of the 57th Session of the Commission on the Status of Women [official website] in New York City. … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga [official website; Al Jazeera profile] on Friday appealed the results of Kenya's 2013 election [JURIST report] to Kenya's Supreme Court. Kenya's election commission declared Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], son of Kenya's first president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the winner of the nation's … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of California [official website] ruled [order, PDF] Thursday that the use of national security letters [CRS backgrounder, PDF; FBI backgrounder] under 18 USC § 2709 [text] is unconstitutional. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) [advocacy website] challenged [press release] … [read more]

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