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Legal news from Friday, January 24, 2014

[JURIST] Prosecutors investigating allegations of a CIA secret prison in a Polish forest announced on Friday that they will be looking further into recent developments surrounding the so-called "black site." According to the Washington Post, two senior CIA officials were seen delivering cardboard boxes containing $15 million in cash [WP … [read more]

[JURIST] The appeals chamber for the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) [official website] on Thursday upheld [press release] the criminal convictions of four Serbian senior officials stemming from the Bosnian Civil War [JURIST news archive], while reducing the sentences for three of them. Former Serbian prime minister … [read more]

[JURIST] A court in Pakistan on Thursday sentenced 65-year old Mohammed Asghar to death for blasphemy, convicting him of writing letters claiming to be a prophet. Asghar was convicted [Al Jazeera report] under Section 295-C of the Pakistani Penal Code [text, PDF], making it illegal to make derogatory remarks about … [read more]

[JURIST] The Iraq Ministry of Justice [official website, in Arabic] announced on Thursday the execution by hanging of 11 Iraqi prisoners convicted of terrorist attacks against the Iraqi people. These executions come mere days after the country's execution of 26 Iraqi nationals [JURIST report], also for terrorist related offenses. Thursday's … [read more]

[JURIST] An Oklahoma state court judge on Thursday ruled the state's emergency contraception law [HB 2226, PDF] unconstitutional. The law requires [AP report] women younger than 17 to obtain a prescription and show photo ID in order to receive Plan B One-Step and other generic emergency contraceptive pills. Women 17 … [read more]

[JURIST] The Supreme Court [official website, in Nepali] of Nepal [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] settled a major political dispute on Thursday when it ruled that the selection of a new president was not an immediate need, and should be postponed until the adoption of a new constitution. Though President … [read more]

[JURIST] The UN humanitarian chief on Thursday called for an immediate investigation [statement, PDF] by authorities following reports of alarming levels of violence in Myanmar's Rakhine state. In a brief statement, Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator Valerie Amos stated:I am deeply concerned about reports of alarming levels … [read more]

[JURIST] The International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] on Thursday agreed to delay [order, PDF] the trial of Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta [ICC materials], which was originally schedule for February 5, after prosecutors requested more time for trial preparation. ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda asked for a new start date [Al … [read more]

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