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Lebanon: Government Undertakes National Anticorruption Campaign

(June 24, 2019) On March 13, 2019, in a response to media and social network reports of ongoing major corruption investigations of judges and lawyers, Lebanon’s minister of justice, Albert Sarhan, confirmed to the National News Agency that he is coordinating and keeping abreast of these investigations aimed at rooting out corruption in the judiciary […]

Sweden: District Court Says Issuing Detention Order for Assange Not Proportional

(June 14, 2019) On June 3, 2019, Uppsala District Court issued a judgment denying a request to issue a detention order for Julian Assange. (Uppsala Tingsraett [Uppsala District Court], Case No. B 3167-19 (June 4, 2019) (in Swedish), on file with author; see also Press Release, Uppsala District Court, Decision Concerning an Application for a […]

Italy: Law on Legitimate Defense in Criminal Cases Enters into Force

(June 10, 2019) On May 18, 2019, a new law amending Criminal Code provisions on legitimate defense in criminal cases entered into force in Italy. (Law No. 36 of April 26, 2019, Amending the Criminal Code and Other Provisions on Legitimate Defense) (Law No. 36), GAZZETTA UFFICIALE [G.U., OFFICIAL GAZETTE], May 3, 2019, G.U. website […]

Italy: Revocation of Driver’s License in Cases of Vehicular Homicide Ruled Unconstitutional

(May 28, 2019) On April 17, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court declared unconstitutional a provision of Legislative Decree No. 285 of April 30, 1992 (New Traffic Code) because it did not provide for an alternative administrative penalty of suspending the driver’s license of persons convicted of vehicular homicide (omicidio stradale) and causing serious traffic injuries […]

Sweden: Criminal Rape Investigation of Julian Assange Reopened

(May 24, 2019) On May 13, 2019, the Swedish Prosecution Authority announced that it would reopen the investigation into the accusations of rape against Julian Assange. (Press Release, Åklagarmyndigheten, Förundersökningen i Assangeärendet återupptas [Swedish Prosecution Authority, Preliminary Investigation in the Assange Case Reopened] (May 13, 2019); Åklagarmyndigheten, Beslut [Decision] AM-131226-10 (May 13, 2019), Swedish Prosecution […]

Italy: Constitutional Court Issues Decision on Illicit Trafficking and Possession of Drugs or Psychotropic Substances

(Apr. 15, 2019) On March 13, 2019, the Italian Constitutional Court issued a decision on the production, trafficking, and illicit possession of narcotic and psychotropic substances, declaring part of article 73(1) of Presidential Decree No. 309 of 1990 (D.P.R. No. 309) unconstitutional in that it set the minimum sentence for such crimes at eight years of […]

China: Criminal Procedure Law Amended to Allow Criminal Trials in Absentia in Corruption Cases

(Jan. 10, 2019) On October 26, 2018, the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China) passed an amendment to the PRC Criminal Procedure Law (CPL). Among other things, the new CPL allows criminal trials in absentia particularly in corruption and bribery cases in which the […]

Italy: Right to Strike in Essential Public Services

(Oct. 2, 2018) On July 27, 2018, the Italian Constitutional Court issued a decision incidentally on the constitutional legitimacy of the right to strike by certain government employees (in this case, public defenders) providing essential public services. (Decision No. 180 of July 27, 2018, Issued in a Constitutional Legitimacy Case by Incidental Procedure (the Decision), […]

Egypt: Female Tourist Convicted of Spreading False Rumors That Damage Country’s Reputation

(Sept. 12, 2018) In July 2018, the Cairo Misdemeanor Court found a Lebanese female tourist, Mona el-Mazbouh, guilty of deliberately spreading false rumors against Egypt that damage the country’s reputation. The court had initially sentenced the defendant to 11 years in prison before reducing the sentence later on the same day to eight years of […]

United Kingdom: Cliff Richard Wins Privacy Case Against BBC and South Yorkshire Police

(Sept. 11, 2018) On July 18, 2018, Sir Cliff Richard OBE was awarded £210,000 (about US$270,360) in general damages after the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) was held liable for infringing his privacy rights over the filming and broadcast of a search of his UK property by South Yorkshire Police (SYP) in relation to allegations of […]