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Legal news from Tuesday, January 15, 2013
13:01 EDT

[JURIST] A Saudi Arabian court on Tuesday convicted prominent Egyptian human rights lawyer Ahmed el-Gezawi of smuggling drugs. Despite requests from Saudi prosecutors for the death penalty, el-Gezawi was given a sentence [NPR report] of five years imprisonment and 300 lashes. El-Gezawi's arrest in April 2012 sparked protests [Guardian report] [read more]

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[JURIST] Investing in Eritrea's mines without assurance of fair labor practices could lead to allegations of complicity in human rights violations, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] warned [text] Tuesday. The 29-page report, titled "Hear No Evil: Forced Labor and Corporate Responsibility in Eritrea's Mining Sector," documents the failure of [read more]

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[JURIST] The Bucharest Appeals Court [official website, in Romanian] on Tuesday ruled that a former Romanian defense ministry official can be extradited to the US on charges of trying to illegally export military equipment to Iran. Intelligence officials from Romania and the US coordinated their investigations [WP report] in the [read more]

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[JURIST] More than 50 countries asked the UN Security Council [official website] on Monday to refer the situation in Syria [PDF] to the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website]. In this joint letter, Switzerland, along with 56 other states from all continents, noted the Syrian authorities' failure to investigate and [read more]

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[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Pakistan [official website] on Tuesday ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf [BBC profile] and 15 others over allegations of accepting bribes and approving power generation projects during his tenure as Minister for Water and Power. The court order [BBC report] states that [read more]

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[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] ruled [text, PDF] Tuesday in four landmark cases concerning the balance between religious freedom and equity laws protecting individuals from discrimination. In one case, the ECHR ruled in favor of a British Airways employee who had been instructed not to [read more]

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[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website] heard oral arguments [day call, PDF] Monday in two cases [JURIST report]. In Alleyne v. United States [transcript, PDF], the court heard arguments on whether to overturn Harris v. United States [opinion]. Harris was a 5-4 splintered opinion that allowed a judge to [read more]

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[JURIST] Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa [official profile] on Tuesday swore in Mohan Peiris, a retired attorney general and trusted aide to the Cabinet, to replace former chief justice Shirani Bandaranayake [official profile], who was removed from office [JURIST report] Sunday. Rajapaksa dismissed Bandaranayake after parliament voted to impeach her [read more]

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