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Legal news from Monday, March 25, 2013

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official website] on Sunday condemned [press release; UN News Centre report] a coup by Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] Seleka rebels after they seized the country's capital of Bangui, causing President Francois Bozize to flee the country. Ban appealed for calm … [read more]

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] urged Monday that Rwandan opposition leader Victoire Ingabire [JURIST news archive] be allowed an appeal [AI press release] in line with international standards after being convicted and sentenced to eight years imprisonment for denying the 1994 Rwanda genocide [JURIST news archive]. According to AI's … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Kenya [official website] on Monday ordered scrutiny of two documents used to tally votes in the March 4 presidential election and ordered a recount of all votes from 22 polling stations. The Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) [party website] and two other groups reportedly … [read more]

[JURIST] Two Bahraini human rights activists have intensified their hunger strike and are refusing fluids, according to a report [press release] released Monday by the Bahrain Center for Human Rights (BCHR) [advocacy website]. According to the report Zainab al-Khawaja [HP profile] and her father, prominent human rights activist Abdulhadi al-Khawaja … [read more]

[JURIST] Zambian authorities on Monday arrested former president Rupiah Banda on allegations that he misappropriated over USD $11 million during his three-year tenure in office. Banda allegedly channelled money from the sale of Nigerian crude oil [Bloomberg report] into a private account instead of the nation's treasury. The Zambian Parliament … [read more]

[JURIST] Zimbabwe's High Court on Monday ordered the immediate release of Beatrice Mtetwa, a prominent human rights lawyer who was detained for eight days for obstructing the course of justice. Mtetwa was arrested [JURIST report] on March 17 along with four officials from the party of Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai … [read more]

[JURIST] The US gave full control of Bagram Prison [official website] to Afghanistan on Monday, winding down US military presence in Afghanistan. Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile] sought to regain control of the detention center in efforts to reclaim sovereignty [AFP report] over the country, as the US begins … [read more]

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