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Legal news from Sunday, August 18, 2013
by G. Redd

Chinese writer, lawyer and human rights advocate Yang Maodong, commonly known by his pen-name Guo Feixiong, 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 in July, in what appears to …

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by Blake Lynch

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 that the prosecution had not brought forward sufficient evidence to convict. The cleric, Khalid Chishti, accused the girl of burning pages from the Quran, but he was …

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by G. Redd

Egyptian Prime Minister Hazem el-Beblawi on Saturday proposed formally dissolving the non-governmental organization registration of the Muslim Brotherhood (MB) 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 800 casualties and more than 1000 arrests. Although the government …

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by Blake Lynch

The special electoral court of Madagascar on Saturday announced that it has removed President Andry Rajoelina, former president Didier Ratsiraka and Lalao Ravalomanana, the wife of former president Marc Ravalomanana, from the country's list of presidential candidates. Lalao Ravalomanana, who has not lived permanently …

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