Legal news from Monday, October 14, 2013
14:10 EDT

[JURIST] Chinese officials on Monday denounced the Spanish National Court's [official website] recent indictment against former Chinese president Hu Jintao [BBC profile]. The Spanish criminal court on Friday accepted [JURIST report] an appeal by two Spanish pro-Tibet rights groups to include Hu in an investigation of alleged genocide against Tibetans. [read more]

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[JURIST] Belgian authorities announced on Monday that suspected Somali pirate leader Mohammed Abdi Hassan was detained by authorities at the Brussels Airport [corporate website] on Saturday. Thought to be responsible for numerous vessel hijackings, Belgian prosecutors have been seeking Abdi Hassan, also known as "Big Mouth," for some time. However, [read more]

12:10 EDT

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Sunday stated [press release] that the African Union (AU) [official website] declaration [JURIST report] on Saturday that no senior government officials should appear before the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website; JURIST backgrounder] was "deplorable." AI also criticized the AU's denouncement of the [read more]

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[JURIST] Egyptian security forces used live ammunition to break up demonstrations on October 6, according to an Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] report [text] released Monday. According to AI, more than 49 people were killed and hundreds injured in the Egyptian capitol of Cairo. The report was based on first-hand [read more]

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[JURIST] Pakistan's National Accountability Bureau (NAB) [official website] court on Monday reopened five cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari [BBC backgrounder]. While president, Zardari had been immune from prosecution, but when Zardari stepped down on September 5 and Mamnoon Hussain [official website] became Pakistan's president, Zardari lost that immunity. [read more]

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[JURIST] Three Somali pirates accused of hijacking a private yacht off the coast of Somalia in 2009 went on trial in France Monday. The situation garnered heavy media coverage after French special services attempted to rescue [Telegraph report] the three french nationals being held captive on the sailboat on April [read more]

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[JURIST] An appeals court in Malaysia on Monday ruled [decision, PDF] that the nation's government can legally ban the use of the word "Allah" to refer to God in faiths other than Islam. The case was originally brought by the Herald, a weekly Catholic publication, against the Malaysian government in [read more]

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[JURIST] The High Court of England and Wales on Monday dismissed a libel suit against a British financier who has criticized corruption in Russia. Russian police officer Pavel Karpov sued William Browder, the CEO of Hermitage Capital Fund [corporate website] after Browder accused Karpov of being involved in a circle [read more]

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