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Legal news from Friday, April 26, 2013

[JURIST] A Pakistani court on Friday mandated that former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] stay in the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) [official website] until resumption of the case regarding the assassination [JURIST report] of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive]. … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) [advocacy website] on Wednesday denounced [press release] draft legislation restricting the financial autonomy of civic associations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). The draft law gives government "security bodies" the power to monitor the finances of domestic NGOs by requiring that any funding … [read more]

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Thursday petitioned [text, PDF] the US Supreme Court [official website] to uphold the president's ability to make executive appointments while the Senate is in recess. The recess appointment is a constitutional power that permits the president fill vacancies in the executive branch without the typical … [read more]

[JURIST] Canada's House of Commons [official website] on Wednesday approved a bill [S-7 materials] that provides expanded investigative powers and criminal penalties for terrorism related matters. The short title of the bill is The Combating Terrorism Act. The legislation permits law enforcement to hold individuals suspected of terrorist activities for … [read more]

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