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Legal news from Monday, April 22, 2013

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official website] said Monday that Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been charged [press release] with using a weapon of mass destruction. According to the criminal complaint [text, PDF], Tsarnaev was charged with one count of using and conspiring to use a weapon … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Military confirmed on Monday that 84 of the 166 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] are on hunger strike, protesting their conditions and indefinite detention. The hunger strike [RT timeline] began in February with just a few prisoners and has grown over the past weeks to include … [read more]

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] in Strasbourg held Monday in a 9-8 vote [judgment; press release, PDF] that a ban on an advertisement by an animal rights group did not violate freedom of expression under Article 10 of the European Convention on Human Rights [text, … [read more]

[JURIST] Kuwait's court of appeals on Monday released opposition leader and former MP Mussallam Al Barrak [Gulf News profile] on bail. The trial has been adjourned [Gulf News report] until May 13. Barrak was sentenced [JURIST report] last week to five years in prison for criticizing Kuwaiti Emir Shaikh Sabah … [read more]

[JURIST] The interim government of Pakistan on Monday refused to try former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] for treason. The interim administration, which took office one month ago, told the Pakistani Supreme Court [official website] that trying the former president is beyond its mandate because its sole … [read more]

[JURIST] Egypt's Justice Minister Ahmed Mekki resigned Sunday in response to both supporters and opponents calling for his resignation. Mekki's letter of resignation was made public the day after President Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] announced [AP report] a reshuffling of this cabinet. As part of the reason … [read more]

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