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Legal news from Tuesday, October 28, 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

A court in Saudi Arabia on Monday sentenced three lawyers to between five and eight years in prison for criticizing the justice system on the social networking website Twitter by accusing authorities of carrying out arbitrary detentions. The Saudi Press Agency reported that the lawyers were each convicted of different crimes, including using the …

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by Kimberly Bennett

The 18th Central Committee within the Communist Party of China (CPC) on Tuesday released guidelines on how to improve China's legal system in the upcoming year. The summary, released last week, also stressed that government authorities at all levels should carry out their work on track with the law while adhering to …

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by Alison Sacriponte

Human Rights Watch (HRW) urged Iran Tuesday to stop detaining and harassing human rights lawyer Nasrin Sotoudeh. HRW also urged Iranian officials to end interference in the internal affairs of Iran's bar association. HRW stressed that the government and the bar association need to ensure that no lawyer is disciplined for defending clients, and …

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by Alison Sacriponte

A Bahrain court on Tuesday ordered the country's main Shiite opposition group, Al-Wefaq to suspend all activities. Bahrain's Ministry of Justice filed the lawsuit in July. The ruling means that Al-Wefaq cannot operate for three months in the Gulf island kingdom. The group cannot organize rallies or press conferences, …

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by Dominic Yobbi

Attorneys for a convicted Missouri man and 15 former judges on Monday asked [cert. petition, PDF; stay application, PDF] the US Supreme Court to block his execution, claiming that mistakes were made by his former attorneys, which led him to lose his opportunity to appeal his case to the federal courts. Mark Christeson, 35, is scheduled to …

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by Dominic Yobbi

A UN human rights expert said Monday that he was "shocked" by Iran's execution of a woman convicted of murdering a man whom she accused of raping her. Reyhaneh Jabbari was executed in Tehran's Evin prison on Saturday morning despite international opposition from many organizations and rights groups, including UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in …

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