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Legal news from Sunday, March 9, 2014

[JURIST] On Sunday the Oman Court of First Instance sentenced the former executive of Galfar Engineering and Contracting, Muhammad Ali, to 15 years in prison and a fine of 1.7 million Omani rials for conviction in five cases of graft. A similar sentence along with a smaller fine was given … [read more]

[JURIST] On Sunday North Korea held its first parliamentary elections under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, [BBC profile] successor and son of the late Kim Jong-Il. The elections are held at five-year intervals and are considered more a formality than an actual democratic process, as constituents vote [BBC report] "yes" … [read more]

[JURIST] An administrative judge for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) [official website], Patrick Geraghty [official profile] dismissed [text, PDF] a fine brought by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) [official website] against a drone operator Thursday. The ruling effectively strikes down [Politico report] the FAA's bans on the use of … [read more]

[JURIST] China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC) [JURIST news archive], on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic [Reuters report] by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment currently applies to … [read more]

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