Legal news from Monday, March 17, 2014

[JURIST] El Salvador's Supreme Electoral Tribunal [official website, in Spanish] on Sunday confirmed the presidential victory of former Marxist rebel Salvador Sanchez Ceren, denying conservative candidate Norman Quijano's call for annulment. Sanchez Ceren received a narrow 50.11 percent of the votes in the run-off election, making him the nation's first … [read more]

[JURIST] The admitted mastermind behind the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Khalid Sheikh Mohamed [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], on Sunday gave a statement in defense of Sulaiman abu Ghaith, claiming that Osama bin Laden's [JURIST news archives] son-in-law had no involvement in al Qaeda's military activities. Mohammed stated that abu Ghaith … [read more]

[JURIST] The environmental advocacy organization Greenpeace International [advocacy website] on Monday filed a lawsuit against Russia in the European Court of Human Rights [official website] on behalf of the Arctic 30 [Greenpeace backgrounder], a group of Greenpeace activists who spent two months in a Russian jail following a peaceful protest … [read more]

[JURIST] The England and Wales High Court [official website] on Monday rejected a lawsuit [judgment] by the Howard League for Penal Reform and the Prisoners' Advice Service (PAS) [advocacy websites] challenging planned government cuts to legal aid for prisoners. The charitable organizations challenged the legal aid cuts [Howard League press … [read more]

[JURIST] Egyptian prosecutor Moumin Salman on Monday referred Abdullah Morsi, youngest son of ousted president Mohamed Morsi, to trial on allegations of drug use and possession. Officers say that two rolled hashish cigarettes were found in the car [AP report] of the university freshman, who was arrested [AFP report] on … [read more]

[JURIST] Chairperson of the UN Commission of Inquiry (COI) on Human Rights in North Korea Michael Kirby on Monday compared the alleged crimes of the North Korean regime to those of Nazism, apartheid and the Khmer Rouge. In February UN human rights investigators released a 372-page report [JURIST report] detailing … [read more]

[JURIST] The Crimean parliament on Monday formally declared the region independent and asked to join the Russian Federation following a vote to secede from Ukraine. The US and EU have called the vote illegal [press release], and the EU stated that the vote's outcome would not be recognized [AP report]. … [read more]

[JURIST] Sri Lankan authorities on Sunday arrested human rights activists Ruki Fernando, advisor to the Human Rights Documentation Center, and Catholic priest Father Praveen of the Centre for Peace Building and Reconciliation [advocacy website] for alleged violations of anti-terror laws. Reports indicate authorities arrested the activists for assisting the families … [read more]

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