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Legal news from Sunday, March 9, 2014
by Stephen Adelgren

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 to Ali's deputy for being found guilty …

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by Stephen Adelgren

On Sunday North Korea held its first parliamentary elections under the leadership of Kim Jong-un, 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 "yes" or "no" for the single, party-approved candidate for their district. …

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by Amy Mathieu

An administrative judge for the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), Patrick Geraghty dismissed a fine brought by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) against a drone operator Thursday. The ruling effectively strikes down the FAA's bans on the use of commercial drones put in place in 2007. Geraghty found that …

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by Amy Mathieu

China's legislature, the National People's Congress (NPC), on Sunday announced measures that would subject less crimes to capital punishment if passed. Various government departments are reportedly beginning to study the topic by bringing in legal scholars on the subject. Capital punishment currently applies to 55 different offenses in China. Human rights groups say that …

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