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Egypt court upholds death sentences for 14 Islamists

[JURIST] An Egyptian criminal court on Monday upheld death sentences for 14 Islamists convicted of murdering several people in Sinai Peninsula attacks last year. In particular, the Ismailia court ordered the convicts, all members of the monotheist and militant group Tawheed wal Jihad [advocacy website], to be hanged [Reuters report] for killing...

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Israel ex-PM given suspended sentence, fine for breaching public trust

[JURIST] The Jerusalem District Court [Times of Israel news archive] on Monday sentenced former Israeli prime minister Ehud Olmert [official profile; JURIST news archive] to a one-year suspended sentence and a fine of about USD $19,000 on a charge of breaching public trust. The conviction stems from Olmert's role in a corruption case that forced...

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Vietnam court jails bloggers for anti-state propaganda

[JURIST] A court in Vietnam ordered three bloggers jailed for anti-state propaganda on Monday. Bloggers Nguyen Van Hai, alias Dieu Cay, Phan Thanh Hai, alias Anhbasg, and Ta Phong Tan [blogs, in Vietnamese] were charged [JURIST report] in April in the People's Court of Ho Chi Minh City [official website, in Vietnamese] on charges of spreading...

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UN: Morocco must work to eradicate torture

[JURIST] UN Special Rapporteur on torture [official website] Juan Mendez said Saturday after a visit to Morocco that the human rights situation in the country is improving but that more effort is needed to eradicate torture [press release]. Mendez stated that the situation pertaining to torture had improved greatly over the past decade, when...

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Federal judge rejects challenge to Colorado ballot identification process

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Colorado [official website] on Friday dismissed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] filed by an elections transparency group aiming to prevent Colorado counties from using election ballots that have identifying numbers or bar codes printed on them. The Citizen Center [advocacy website] filed...

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