Legal news from Sunday, April 28, 2013

[JURIST] A judge overseeing the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] case of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] 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 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Cairo Criminal Court on Sunday rejected a second appeal by former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] and ordered him to remain in prison [Al Jazeera report] while an investigation into corruption charges continues. Mubarak was returned to prison [JURIST report] earlier this month … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Gabriela Knaul, urged [text] 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 [UN … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [text, PDF, in Arabic] on Saturday demanding the government open up the draft budget for public … [read more]

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