Legal news from Thursday, May 23, 2013

[JURIST] The Malaysian Ministry of Home Affairs [official website, in Malay] on Thursday seized [press release, in Malay] more than 2,500 copies of newspapers published by opposition parties. The Ministry states that the seized newspapers were sold in violation of their publication licenses, which limit the distribution of opposition party … [read more]

[JURIST] A Russian court on Thursday denied parole for Maria Alekhina, a member of the feminist rock band Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive]. Band members Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced [JURIST report] to two years in prison for "hooliganism," characterized by the court as driven … [read more]

[JURIST] The North Cairo Criminal Court on Wednesday acquitted seven police officers accused of killing a protester and injuring 11 others during the January 2011 revolution. The public prosecution had charged these seven police officers with attempted and premeditated murder. The initial panel of judges on this case declined to … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani anti-terrorism court (ATC) refused Wednesday to grant bail to former president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] over the detention of judges in 2007 when he imposed emergency rule. Musharraf has been detained since April 19 at his Islamabad farmhouse for the detention charges as well … [read more]

[JURIST] A bipartisan group of lawmakers from the US House of Representative advocated Wednesday for a law that would shield the press from giving information to a federal entity unless certain conditions are met. The push for legislation [Politico report] comes in response to an incident in which the US … [read more]

[JURIST] The Japanese parliament [official website, in Japanese] approved a bill on Wednesday adopting the Hague convention on resolving cross-border abductions of children. Parliament unanimously passed [BBC report] the treaty in response to international pressure for Tokyo to address concerns that Japanese mothers from broken international marriages can take children … [read more]

[JURIST] Several groups filed a lawsuit [complaint] Wednesday challenging the constitutionality of a new Connecticut gun control law [GA Bill 1160, PDF]. The new law expanded the firearms banned as "assault weapons" under existing state law. It also limits magazine capacity to 10 rounds. The complaint alleges these new requirement … [read more]

[JURIST] A report [text, PDF] released Tuesday by the Kenyan Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission (TJRC) [advocacy website] names President Uhuru Kenyatta [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and Vice President William Ruto [JURIST report] as having contributed to human rights abuses that took place after the 2007 election. The report … [read more]

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