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Legal news from Sunday, June 9, 2013

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] ruled [opinion, PDF] Friday that the US Trade Representative (USTR) [official website] can legally withhold classified documents regarding free trade negotiations under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text]. US District Court Judge Richard Roberts ruled … [read more]

[JURIST] A Chinese court in Huairou on Sunday sentenced Liu Hui, brother-in-law of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and democracy activist Liu Xiaobo [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], to 11 years in prison on charges of fraud. The verdict is seen by many as severe and is widely believed to … [read more]

[JURIST] Mohamed Kamel Al-Rashidi, the presiding judge for the retrial of ousted Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak [Al Jazeera profile; JURIST news archive] on Friday barred lawyers representing victims' families from participating in the hearings. This ruling [Telegraph report] was based on the decision to separate Mubarak's criminal trial from a … [read more]

[JURIST] Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif [BBC profile] on Saturday directed the Pakistan Foreign Office to contact US Ambassador Richard Hogland [official websites] to criticize US drone strikes. Sharif's comments came hours after a drone strike in North Waziristan killed several people [BBC report]. Sharif, who was sworn into office … [read more]

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