Legal news from Sunday, April 27, 2014

[JURIST] Egyptian courts over the weekend convicted many supporters of the ousted former president Mohamed Morsi on charges including violence and rioting. According to AFP reports, 13 supporters were sentenced on Saturday and another [AFP reports] 42 on Sunday. Those sentenced on Saturday were convicted of offenses ranging from offending … [read more]

[JURIST] Nepalese lawmakers [official website] passed legislation on Friday that could grant amnesty to former Maoist rebels and security forces accused of committing various war crimes, including torture and murder, during the nation's civil war. The bill establishes [AFP report] two bodies for addressing the alleged commission of war crimes, … [read more]

[JURIST] The Libyan News Agency [agency website] reported on Sunday that the son of Muammar Gaddafi [BBC obituary; JURIST news archive], Saif al-Islam Gaddafi [JURIST news archive], and other officials have appeared for their trial via video conferencing. Saif al-Islam Gaddafi appeared at his trial [AP report] through video-conferencing because … [read more]

[JURIST] A Bahraini [BBC backgrounder] court on Sunday sentenced eight activists to life in prison for killing a policeman and participating in anti-regime protests in August. The eight pro-democracy protesters said [PressTV report] that they confessed while being tortured. Harsh sentences for activists have become a trend in Bahrain. Since … [read more]

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