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Egypt: Rape and Sexual Assault Suspects Referred to Criminal Court

(June 19, 2014) On June 12, 2014, Egypt’s General Prosecutor ordered the referral of seven individual suspects for trial before the Criminal Court of Cairo, on charges of rape and sexual assault. The authorities had arrested those individuals after they obtained a video showing a mass sexual assault on women that took place during the […]

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 […]

Egypt: Ministry Points Out Right of Appeal for Convicted Muslim Brotherhood Members

(May 1, 2014) The criminal court of Egypt’s Al Minya Province recently sentenced the Supreme Guide of the Muslim Brotherhood organization (the spiritual head of the organization), along with 680 of its members, to the death penalty. On April 29, 2014, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Justice of Egypt stated that the individuals who […]

Egypt: Defense Lawyers Try to Appeal Death Sentences for Muslim Brotherhood Defendants

(Apr. 2, 2014) On March 24, 2014, the defense lawyers for 528 members of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood who were convicted of various offenses and given the death penalty announced, in a press conference, that due process for the defendants had been violated. The offenses included murdering a police officer, storming and damaging public property, stealing […]

Mexico: National Code of Penal Procedure Approved

(Feb. 11, 2014) The Chamber of Deputies of the Federal Congress of Mexico approved a new National Code of Penal Procedure on February 5, 2014, after three hours of debate by seven parliamentary groups. There were 407 votes in favor of the new law, 28 against, and five abstentions. With this new Code there is […]

Netherlands: Draft Legislation on Higher Penalties for Violent Acts Committed Under the Influence

(Dec. 6, 2013) On November 13, 2013, the Ministry of Security and Justice of the Netherlands sent draft legislation to the country’s parliament that would impose higher penalties on persons suspected of acts of violent crime, if evidence from an alcohol or drugs test indicated that the suspects acted while under the influence. (Bill to […]

Belgium: Antwerp Attorney-General Calls for Comprehensive DNA Database

(Dec. 5, 2013) Yves Liégeois, the Attorney-General (Procureur-général) of Antwerp, has recently suggested that DNA samples be taken from all babies born in Belgium, as well as from all new immigrants, and entered into a database that could be used to solve future crimes. “I think it would be a good idea to collect DNA […]

Ukraine: Tax Service Will Use “Lie Detectors”

(Nov. 13, 2013) The Ukrainian Ministry of Revenue and Duties recently passed guidelines that provide the Ministry with the legitimate grounds to use computer polygraphs in its work. (Ministry of Revenue and Duties, Decree No. 329 of August 8, 2013 on the Use of Polygraphs in the Ministry of Revenue and Duties of Ukraine and […]

Mexico: Government Promulgates Federal Penal Reform on Pardons

(Nov. 8, 2013) The Mexican government recently promulgated a decree adding a new article to the Federal Penal Code. Article 97 Bis provides that the Mexican President may, exceptionally, by his own initiative or at the request of one of the chambers of the federal Congress, grant a pardon (indulto) for any federal or common […]