The Paris Criminal Court acquitted former justice minister François Bayrou for his alleged involvement in a fraudulent scheme that embezzled European public funds on Monday. However, the court found another eight defendants, including five former members of the European Parliament (MEPs) guilty and passed jail sentences ranging from ten to eighteen months. At issue in [...]

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The Federal Court of Canada urged the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) to “do better” in fulfilling its duty owed to the court, according to a decision handed down by Chief Justice Crampton in October. The decision was declassified on Tuesday. The decision dealt with potential misrepresentations to the court in warrants to obtain Canadian [...]

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Three foreign-born Japanese residents have filed a statement of claim against the Japanese national and local governments for the alleged police practice of racial profiling. Each of the applicants sought damages of 3.3 million Japanese Yen. The three applicants are Pakistani, African-American and Pacific Lander respectively, who also are either Japanese citizens or permanent residents. [...]

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On Monday, the wife of the imprisoned Russian opposition activist Vladimir Kara-Murza announced that Russian authorities removed him from the maximum security prison in Siberia and his current whereabouts are unknown. Following this announcement, the British Secretary of State for Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Affairs David Cameron urged the Russian authorities to provide Kara-Murza’s lawyers [...]

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Malaysian Deputy Prime Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi stated on Wednesday that a Royal Commission of Inquiry (RCI) will commence on the alleged mishandling of sovereignty disputes in Pedra Branca by the former administration after the Malaysian King appoints the RCI’s members. In 2003, Malaysia and Singapore agreed to the International Court of Justice’s (ICJ) jurisdiction [...]

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The Hong Kong Journalists Association (HKJA) released a statement on Tuesday that the Transport Department’s refined application process for a Certificate of Particulars of Vehicle to journalists impedes freedom of press. In the statement, the HKJA claimed the government failed to respect a June 2023 ruling by the Court of Final Appeal (CFA). The case [...]

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The Hong Kong Eastern Magistrates’ Courts imposed a two-month prison sentence, with a suspension of two years, on Monday on a defendant who earlier pleaded guilty to engaging in illegal conduct to incite another person to cast an invalid vote by activity in public, violating section 27A of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance. [...]

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Canada announced on Tuesday its plan to protect Canada’s research over national security considerations. The government intends to stop funding research in the sensitive technology research area that involve institutions connected to foreign military, national defence or state security entities that could pose a risk to Canada’s national security. In implementing the policy, Canadian Minister [...]

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The Hong Kong Court of Appeal expunged on Tuesday applicants’ new evidence that sought to demonstrate the regularity and widespread of frontline police officers’ non-compliance with the insignia policies. The court reasoned that large-scale non-compliance of a constant or definite pattern was a new allegation that went beyond the scope of the applicants’ original case. [...]

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The Hong Kong Fanling Magistrates’ Courts imposed on Monday a suspended sentence for Man Wing Fung. Fung pleaded guilty to engaging in illegal conduct to incite another person not to vote by activity in public during the election period, contrary to section 27 of the Elections (Corrupt and Illegal Conduct) Ordinance, and a two-month imprisonment [...]

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