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Legal news from Tuesday, April 16, 2013

[JURIST] UK-based rights group Privacy International [advocacy website] said Tuesday that it is suing the British government for refusing to divulge information concerning surveillance equipment sold by Gamma International [corporate website]. Gamma International is a software company whose FinFinisher software [official website] has been used in 25 countries including Bahrain. … [read more]

[JURIST] US authorities have engaged in the torture of detainees, and the nation's "highest officials" bear some of the responsibility, according to a report [text, PDF] released on Tuesday by the Constitution Project [advocacy website], a bi-partisan legal advocacy and watchdog group. The Task Force on Detainee Treatment [advocacy website] … [read more]

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of US senators on Tuesday unveiled details [text] of the long-awaited immigration reform bill that would remove the threat of deportation for millions of undocumented immigrants and provide a path to citizenship. Under the legislation, an undocumented immigrant would have the opportunity to become classified as … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-member appellate tribunal on Tuesday disqualified former Pakistani president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from running in the upcoming parliamentary election for the remote northern district of Chitral. Musharraf returned to Pakistan [Reuters report] last month after years in exile for the purpose of running in … [read more]

[JURIST] Kuwait opposition leader and former MP Mussallam Al Barrak [Gulf News profile] was sentenced on Tuesday to five years in prison for criticizing leader Emir Shaikh Sabah Al Ahmad Al Sabah [official website], which is a crime under Kuwait's constitution. Barrak was arrested [JURIST report] in October after a … [read more]

[JURIST] Kenya's Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday released a 113-page judgment [text] upholding the results of the March presidential election. The court unanimously upheld the results [JURIST report] last month but just released its reasoning, finding that the process was flawed but not illegal. The results of the March … [read more]

[JURIST] Ireland will hold a referendum on same-sex marriage after the Convention on the Constitution [official website], voted [press release] Sunday to grant full marriage rights to same-sex couples. Article 46 of the Irish Constitution [text, PDF] provides that any major constitutional change must be ratified by the electorate. Presently, … [read more]

[JURIST] Syrian President Bashar al-Assad [BBC profile] issued a decree Tuesday reducing prison terms by three quarters for some members of rebel forces. The decree, announced by the state news agency SANA [media website], has been condemned [Reuters report] by activists for doing nothing to free thousands of political prisoners … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] on Tuesday blocked [judgment; press release, PDF] the extradition of Haroon Aswat, a former aide to radical cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], from the UK to the US. The court said that removing Aswat [Guardian report], … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] granted certiorari in two new cases [order list, PDF] on Monday. In Heimeshoff v. Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Co. [questions presented, PDF; docket] the court will hear arguments the deadline for filing a complaint to challenge a denial of disability under the … [read more]

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