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Legal news from Sunday, May 8, 2016
by Taylor Isaac

A UN human rights experts on Saturday said that detainees in Sri Lanka are still experiencing torture as a tactic used by criminal and terrorism investigators seven years after the country's civil war ended. The comments were made after a nine-day trip to the country where Juan E. Méndez, UN Special Rapporteur on torture, conducted interviews …

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by Taylor Isaac

An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people, including three journalists, to death for allegedly leaking state secrets to Qatar. The three journalists were tried in absentia and will have the ability to appeal the ruling. However, a final decision will not come down until June once the Grand Mufti, the highest Sunni religious official in the country, …

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by Alexandra Farone

An El Salvador court agreed on Saturday to consider a civil case against former president Mauricio Funes for alleged illicit enrichment. An unexplained USD $728,000 in expenditures and income is being investigated, but no criminal charges are attached to the case. Funes' wife and son are also defendants in this case. The El Salvador Supreme …

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by Alexandra Farone

Pakistani human rights activist Khurram Zaki was killed by unidentified gunmen in Karachi on Saturday, according to local police. Four individuals on motorcycles approached a restaurant Zaki was in and opened fire, killing Zaki and wounding two others. Zaki was an activist that campaigned against religious extremism and cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz of …

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