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Legal news from Sunday, August 18, 2013

[JURIST] Chinese writer, lawyer and human rights advocate Yang Maodong, commonly known by his pen-name Guo Feixiong [HRIC profile], became the second leader of the New Citizens movement to be arrested on suspicion of disrupting the peace on Saturday. This follows the detainment of fellow New Citizens leader Xu Zhiyong … [read more]

[JURIST] A Pakistani court in Islamabad on Saturday dismissed charges against a cleric who was arrested for allegedly framing a Christian girl, Rimsha Masih, accused of blasphemy. The district court held [AP report] that the prosecution had not brought forward sufficient evidence to convict. The cleric, Khalid Chishti, accused the … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi [BBC profile] on Saturday proposed formally dissolving the non-governmental organization registration of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) [BBC backgrounder] in an effort to force the group underground. This proposal comes after Friday's protest orchestrated by the MB, which ended a week marked by more than … [read more]

[JURIST] The special electoral court of Madagascar [JURIST news archive] on Saturday announced that it has removed President Andry Rajoelina [BBC profile], former president Didier Ratsiraka [campaign website, in French] and Lalao Ravalomanana [campaign website, in French], the wife of former president Marc Ravalomanana [BBC profile], from the country's list … [read more]

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