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Legal news from Thursday, January 9, 2014

[JURIST] Human rights activists from various international organizations in late December called on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani [BBC profile] to end the country's persecution of LGBT Iranians in a letter citing various attacks and rights violations. The signatories of the letter, from Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, the International Gay … [read more]

[JURIST] Bytes for All (B4A) [advocacy website], a Pakistani human rights organization focusing on information and communication technologies, has filed suit [complaint] with the UK Investigatory Powers Tribunal (ITP) [official website] against the British government for its cable-tapping program, Tempora. B4A is partnered with Privacy International [advocacy website], which filed … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] approved a deal on Wednesday between the US Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York [official website] and JPMorgan Chase [corporate website] to settle the criminal charges of failure to report … [read more]

[JURIST] A French court in Aix-En Province order the extradition of Mukhtar Ablyazov [BBC profile], Kazakhstan's former energy minister accused of misappropriating $6 billion from BTA Bank [corporate website]. The French court agreed [AP report] to the extradition requests from Russia and Ukraine, which both house BTA Bank branches, partly … [read more]

[JURIST] The Islamabad Special Court on Thursday ordered the former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf [BBC profile, JURIST news archive] to appear at a hearing on January 16 despite his lawyers' position that he is too sick to attend. According to court registrar Abdul Ghani Soomro, the judges have examined Musharraf's … [read more]

[JURIST] Three courts in Egypt sentenced 113 supporters of ousted Egyptian president Mohamed Morsi [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] and the Muslim Brotherhood [party website, JURIST news archive] on Thursday. In one of the largest mass trials to date, 63 individuals were sentenced [Reuters report] to three years in prison … [read more]

[JURIST] The Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) [official website], an independent data protection oversight authority set up by the French government, has fined [press release] Google [corporate website] €150,000 after Google failed to act upon CNIL's order [JURIST report] to bring Google's methods tracking and storing user … [read more]

[JURIST] New York Governor Andrew Cuomo [official website] announced during his State of the State address on Wednesday plans for a medical marijuana pilot program [press release] which would permit up to 20 hospitals to distribute medical marijuana to patients with serious illnesses. Cuomo's plan states that the pilot program … [read more]

[JURIST] The office of Utah Governor Gary Herbert [official profile] on Tuesday sent an e-mail to state Cabinet members, directing them to place legal recognition of same-sex marriages within the state on hold until further notice [press release]. This directive comes as a result of Monday's decision by the US … [read more]

[JURIST] Chaloka Beyani, UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights of internally displaced persons, on Wednesday urged [press release] the international community to assist the approximately one million individuals who have been internally displaced by the ongoing violence in the Central African Republic (CAR) [BBC Backgrounder; JURIST news archive], by … [read more]

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