Legal news from Saturday, October 26, 2013

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Saturday threw out charges against former vice president Mohamed ElBaradei [Al Jazeera profile]. ElBaradei, who served as vice president in the government set up by the military, stepped down in protest of the violence directed at protesters. It was this abandonment of his post that … [read more]

[JURIST] The lawyer for five Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoners charged with plotting the September 11 attacks has asked President Barack Obama [official website] to declassify the CIA interrogation program that allegedly subjected prisoners to torture. The letter [text, PDF], made public on Friday, calls upon Obama to make the … [read more]

[JURIST] The Russian State Duma [official website] voted in favor [press release, in Russian] of strict new anti-terrorism legislation on Friday. The bill [legislative materials, in Russian] increases prison time for setting up a terrorist entity from 15 to 20 years in prison, and individuals convicted for participation in a … [read more]

[JURIST] The Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) [official website], acting in its capacity as conservator for Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae [corporate websites], on Friday announced a $5.1 billion settlement with JPMorgan Chase & Co. [corporate website]. The FHFA alleged [complaint, PDF] that JPMorgan misrepresented the quality of the sub-prime … [read more]

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