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Legal news from Sunday, July 7, 2013
by Sung Un Kim

The Israeli Cabinet on Sunday approved a bill that would reverse the currently existing draft exemption for, among others, ultra-Orthodox men. The new bill, approved by a vote of 14-0 with four abstentions, would limit the number of men who are exempted from being drafted every year. Since its foundation, Israel exempted ultra-Orthodox men studying in seminaries, …

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by Blake Lynch

Council of Europe (COE) Commissioner for Human Rights Nils Muiznieks on Friday urged an investigation into Turkey's "extremely disproportionate" use of police force against anti-government protesters during last month's violent protests in the country. Muizineks acknowledged that recent statements by President Abdullah Gul referencing the responsibility of police in the escalation of anti-government …

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by Blake Lynch

Radical cleric Abu Qatada was deported Sunday from London's Belmarsh prison to the prison of Muwaggar in Amman, Jordan. Qatada was previously sentenced in absentia to life in prison for conspiring to carry out al Qaeda linked attacks in Jordan, but he will now face a retrial. Jordan's Military …

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by Sung Un Kim

Egyptian blogger Ahmed Douma, who had been sentenced to six months in prison for insulting ousted president Mohammed Morsi was released on Saturday, according to the state news agency MENA. The prosecution requested Douma's release on Thursday, dropping his charges of publicly insulting Morsi in June. Despite the release order, …

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