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Legal news from Tuesday, April 9, 2013

[JURIST] Justice Jawwad Skawaja [official website] of the Supreme Court of Pakistan ruled on Tuesday that the trial for former Pakistani president and military ruler Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] will be postponed until April 15. While the decision was designed to give Musharraf's lawyers enough time to … [read more]

[JURIST] Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was sworn in as the fourth president of Kenya Tuesday. Kenyatta, who is the son of Kenya's first president Jomo Kenyatta [official profile], was elected [JURIST report] in a closely contested race with 50.07 percent of the vote. Kenyatta is currently facing … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon [official profile] on Monday commended the Netherlands for advocating the rule of law and international justice. Speaking at The Hague [official website] during a press conference held jointly with the Dutch foreign minister, Ban emphasized the value in solidifying the relationship between the UN and … [read more]

[JURIST] The High Court of Singapore [official website] has upheld [judgment] a law [text] banning intercourse between men as an "outrage on decency." Section 337A of the law outlaws intercourse between men in both public and private settings, and imposes punishments of up to two years in prison. While the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Maryland Senate [official General Assembly website] on Monday voted 42-4 to approve a bill legalizing medical marijuana programs [HB 1101, PDF] at participating research centers. The bill was approved [JURIST report] by the state's House of Delegates in a 108-28 vote last month. The bill would establish the … [read more]

[JURIST] A UN rights expert on Monday urged [press release] EU member states [official list] to do more to ensure that Roma [AI backgrounder; JURIST news archive] peoples receive the support necessary to fully enjoy all their basic human rights. As Monday was International Roma Day, UN Independent Expert on … [read more]

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