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Bahrain: Life in Prison and Loss of Citizenship for a Terror Group

(Oct. 6, 2014) On September 29, 2014, the High Criminal Court in Bahrain sentenced nine Bahraini citizens to life in prison and stripped them of their citizenship, after convicting them of having smuggled weapons and explosives by sea to commit terrorist attacks in Bahrain. According to the prosecution, one of the convicted citizens was successful […]

Saudi Arabia: Human Rights Lawyer Convicted Under Anti-Terror Law

(July 10, 2014) On July 6, 2014, the Specialized Criminal Court of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, convicted and sentenced Walid abu al-Kheir, a Saudi lawyer and human rights activist, to 15 years in prison, a fine of 200,000 Saudi riyals (about US$53,300), and a ban on travel abroad for another 15 years. The crimes he was […]

Lebanon: Special Tribunal Indicts Journalists and Media Organizations for Contempt

(May 6, 2014) On April 24, 2014, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a hybrid international/domestic court, charged two journalists and their respective media organizations, a TV station and a print newspaper, with two counts of contempt and obstruction of justice. The charges allege that the accused knowingly and willfully interfered with the administration of justice […]

Lebanon: Formation of New Government Creates Constitutional Conundrum

(Mar. 6, 2014) On February 15, 2014, a new government was formed in Lebanon after more than ten months of political struggle and maneuvering between the Coalition of March 8, in which Hizbullah (also transliterated as Hezbollah) is the most powerful member, and the Coalition of March 14, in which the Future Movement of the […]

Lebanon: Trial on Assassination of Hariri Begins

(Jan. 23, 2014) On January 13, 2014, two-and-a-half years after the issuance of an indictment in the murder of the former Prime Minister of Lebanon, Rafic Hariri, and others, the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, a hybrid international tribunal, started the trial of four Lebanese suspects in the case who are members of Hezbollah. (International Tribunal […]

Egypt: Women Sentenced to Prison Term for Anti-Government Demonstration

(Dec. 12, 2013) On November 27, 2013, the Felony Court of Alexandria, Egypt convicted and sentenced to 11 years in prison 14 young women of the Muslim Brotherhood movement, on charges of participating in demonstrations held during the month of October 2013 in the city of <!–?Alexandria. The indictment by the general prosecution accused the […]

Saudi Arabia: New Regulation on Protection Against Abuse

(Sept. 10, 2013) On August 26, 2013, the Council of Ministers of Saudi Arabia approved the Regulation to Protect Against Abuse, which has the force of law. A copy of the Regulation, in Arabic, is available on the website of the National Society of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia.   Under article 1 of this […]

Libya: Law Criminalizing Torture, Abduction, and Discrimination Passed

(Apr. 30, 2013) The Libyan National Congress approved Law No. 10 of 2013, Concerning the Criminalization of Torture, Forced Abduction, and Discrimination, which was issued on April 14, 2013. Pursuant to this law: restricting the personal liberty of a person by force, threat, or treachery is punishable with 3 to 15 years of imprisonment (art. […]

Lebanon: General Prosecutor Seeks Lifting of Immunity of a Member of Parliament

(Feb. 11, 2013) On February 2, 2013, Boutros Harb, a Member of Parliament in <?Lebanon, commented publicly on an indictment issued in a case involving what has been considered an assassination attempt on his life in July 2012. Harb thanked the President of the Republic of Lebanon for exerting pressure on the judiciary to speed […]

Jordan: Constitutional Law Court Newly Established in Jordan

(Dec. 3, 2012) King Abdullah II of <?Jordan issued a royal decree on October 6, 2012, appointing a president and eight members of a newly established Constitutional Court. The creation of this judicial body is part of the King's recent reform initiatives. (New Constitutional Court Head, Members Named, JORDAN NEWS AGENCY (Oct. 6, 2012).) The […]