Legal news from Wednesday, May 14, 2014

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Idaho [official website] on Tuesday struck down [press release and opinion, PDF] Idaho's laws banning same-sex marriage [JURIST backgrounder]. Four same-sex couples filed the lawsuit [JURIST report] in November, challenging Idaho's prohibition on same-sex marriage and refusal to … [read more]

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Wednesday ruled that a former leader of the Muslim Brotherhood [party website; JURIST news archive] was not guilty of insulting the judiciary in comments he made to the press. Egypt's government charged Muslim Brotherhood leader Mahdi Akef [Middle East Monitor profile] with insulting the judiciary … [read more]

[JURIST] Police in the Pakistani province of Punjab on Tuesday filed charges of blasphemy [JURIST news archive] against 68 lawyers for protesting police actions. Last week several dozen lawyers, mostly from Pakistan's Shiite minority, staged a protest [NYT report] against a high-ranking police official for detaining and beating a lawyer … [read more]

[JURIST] The prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website], Fatou Bensouda [official profile], announced [press release] Tuesday that she will reopen a preliminary investigation into alleged mistreatment and killings of Iraqi detainees in Iraq by UK military forces from 2003 through 2008. Bensouda stated that her office received … [read more]

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] said [news release] on Tuesday that it has strong evidence the Syrian government used chemical weapons on three rebel-held towns in Northern Syria last month. The announcement reveals results of a two-week investigation [press release] by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical … [read more]

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