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Legal news from Sunday, April 28, 2013
by Keith Herting

A judge overseeing the International Criminal Court (ICC) case of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta requested on Saturday to be excused from hearing the case while leveling sharp criticism at prosecutors handling the case. Kenyatta and his deputy president William Ruto are facing ICC charges of crimes against humanity for their alleged involvement …

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by Keith Herting

The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday rejected a second appeal by former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak and ordered him to remain in prison while an investigation into corruption charges continues. Mubarak was returned to prison earlier this month despite having served the maximum two years in temporary detention. …

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by Matthew Pomy

The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, urged Russia on Thursday to address concerns surrounding impartiality in the judicial system, while noting the positive strides taken recently. Knaul visited Russia as part of an investigation surrounding a report on judicial independence in Russia to be presented to the …

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by Matthew Pomy

Several Egyptian opposition groups, including the Strong Egypt Party, the Socialist Popular Alliance Party, the Egyptian Social Democratic Party, the Egyptian Current Party and the Federation of Independent Trade Unions, filed a lawsuit on Saturday demanding the government open up the draft budget for public debate. The opposition groups originally requested Egypt's upper house of …

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