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Legal news from Monday, September 23, 2013

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) Monday excused [ICC statement] Kenyan deputy president William Ruto [ICC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] from trial proceedings for one week in order for him to return to Kenya to help respond to the terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall on Saturday. Ruto's lawyers … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile; JURIST news archive] on Sunday condemned [statement] a terrorist attack [CNN report] on a Christian church in Peshawar, Pakistan, which has reportedly killed more than 80 people and wounded more than 100. Ban expressed his condolences to the families of the victims and … [read more]

[JURIST] UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon [official profile] on Sunday condemned [televised statement] the terrorist attack at a Nairobi shopping mall and urged the perpetrators to be brought to justice quickly. On Saturday, a group of armed fighters stormed the Westgate shopping mall and at least 62 people died and 175 … [read more]

[JURIST] Voters in Ticino [official website, in Italian], an Italian-speaking region of Switzerland, approved a referendum on Sunday to ban the wearing of full-face veils. Although the referendum does not explicitly target Muslims, it drew outrage [AFP report] from Muslim groups in Switzerland, who denounced the referendum as a blow … [read more]

[JURIST] A member of the Russian feminist rock group Pussy Riot [RASPI backgrounder; JURIST news archive], Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, launched a hunger strike [letter] Monday in protest of living conditions and death threats from the deputy head of the prison in which she is serving her two-year sentence. Tolokonnikova wrote an … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Monday banned the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and ordered its assets confiscated as part of the military government's crackdown on the group. The Cairo administrative court declared that its ruling would apply to all organizations affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood [BBC report], … [read more]

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