Law & Order

Court Rules Teenagers in Adult Jail Unlawful

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The detention of teenagers at a Victorian maximum security prison has been ruled unlawful by the Supreme Court – for the second time. Lina Caneva PBA In the judgement handed down on Thursday, Justice John Dixon said the detention infringed on the young people’s human rights and they should be returned to juvenile detention. The court was asked to rule on whether the… Court Rules Teenagers… Read More »

The biggest threat to free speech isn’t 18C. It’s this

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A very noisy section of the commentariat believes that the biggest threat to free speech in Australia is anti-discrimination law, particularly the “offend and insult” provision, section 18C. Michael Bachelard Brisbane Times They are wrong. A far bigger threat is defamation law. Yes, it’s a threat to the media, and to investigative journalism particularly. But it’s also a… The biggest threat… Read More »

Police Minister Troy Grant says he would like to ‘take the nuts off’ child sex offenders

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NSW’s police minister has declared he’d like to “take the nuts off” convicted child sex offenders when announcing a plan to overhaul the state’s sentencing and parole system. AAP Daily Telegraph Convicted child sex offenders would be able to volunteer for chemical castration under the reforms unveiled by the NSW government today. The suite of changes would ease overcrowding in prisons, reduce court delays and… Police Minister Troy… Read More »

Wikipedia appeals to Turkey’s constitutional court over website’s blocking

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Ankara: Online encyclopedia Wikipedia has appealed to Turkey’s constitutional court against a government decision to block access to its website, broadcaster CNN Turk said on Tuesday, a case that has heightened concerns about censorship in Turkey. Brisbane Times Reuters Turkey’s telecommunications watchdog said two weeks ago that access to Wikipedia had been blocked, citing a… The block on the… Wikipedia appeals to… Read More »

Police in Turkey raid publisher’s offices, confiscate 2,000 books

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Police in Turkey raided the offices of Belge Publishing in Istanbul and confiscated 2,000 books, reported Turkish language media. KOMNEWS The prominent independent publisher, set up 40 years ago by writer-journalist Ragip Zarakolu and his late wife human rights advocate Aysenur Zarakolu, and known for publishing controversial and critical books, was raided by a team of anti… According to reports, the… Police in Turkey… Read More »

Sudan seeks to take Egypt to “binding arbitration” over Halayeb: expert

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May 5, 2017 (KHARTOUM) – An international maritime border arbitrator has revealed that Sudan is planning to take Egypt to a binding arbitration before the… Sudan Tribune The Halayeb triangle, which is a 20,580 km area on the Red Sea, has been a contentious issue between Egypt and Sudan since 1958, shortly after Sudan gained its… The area has been under Cairo’s full… Sudan seeks to… (ST) Read More »

Australia’s grand mufti wins defamation case over News Corp articles

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Media group consents to judgment as part of settlement with Dr Ibrahim Abu Mohamed, after paper said he had not condemned Paris attacks Christopher Knaus The Guardian Australia’s grand mufti has won a defamation case over News Corp articles depicting him as an “unwise” monkey and asserting he had failed to condemn the 2015 terrorist attacks in Paris. News Corp consented to the judgment as part of a confidential… Australia’s grand mufti… Read More »

Why Buhari will not rid Nigeria of corruption

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Nigerian president’s war against corruption will yield a betwixt-and-between result: so much action, minimal solution. Fisayo Soyombo Al Jazeera There is renewed optimism in Nigeria over the success chances of President Muhammadu Buhari’s war against corruption. Perennially derided by the opposition as a one-way partisan campaign, Buhari’s war against… Why Buhari will… Read More »

Aborigines seek compensation from Australian police for racism in landmark £23 million case

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Several hundred Aborigines on a remote island in Australia are seeking compensation for the racist actions of the police in a landmark £23 million class action that has been likened to Germany’s reparations to… Jonathan Pearlman The Telegraph In an unusual move, Australia’s Federal Court has given notice to… The notice says any Aboriginal person living on the… Aborigines seek compensation… Read More »

Nauruans jailed over political protest to appeal sentence in Australia

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Lawyers for three men who had their sentences increased on appeal announce intention to appeal to high court of Australia Ben Doherty The Guardian Three Nauruans charged over a 2015 protest at the suspension of opposition MPs from parliament, have had their prison sentences increased up to seven-fold on appeal, but… In an episode that has exposed long-running political tensions within Nauru’s… Nauruans jailed over… Read More »

German army officer disguised himself as refugee to carry out terrorist attack, investigators say

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BERLIN — Police on Wednesday arrested a German army officer suspected of posing as a Syrian refugee to carry out an attack that would be blamed on… Stephanie Kirchner The Washington Post According to the Frankfurt prosecutors in charge of the investigation, the 28-year-old, whose name wasn’t revealed in accordance with local customs, lived an… Austrian authorities had temporarily detained him earlier this year when he… German army officer… Read More »

Saudi Arabia sentences an atheist to death for uploading a video renouncing Islam and the Prophet Mohammed

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Saudi Arabia has sentenced an atheist to death for uploading a video in which he renounced Islam and the Prophet… GARETH DAVIES FOR MAILONLINE DailyMail The man has been identified locally as Ahmad Al Shamri who is in his 20s and from the town of Hafar al… Saudi authorities first picked him up in 2014 after he uploaded the video showing men and women dancing which led to him being charged with atheism and… Saudi Arabia sentences… Read More »

Court delivers another humiliating blow to Trump

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A federal judge in San Francisco dealt the Trump administration another legal blow Tuesday, temporarily halting President Trump’s threat to… Jennifer Rubin The Washington Post U.S. District Judge William H. Orrick imposed a nationwide injunction against Trump’s Jan. 25 executive order on what are called “sanctuary… It is hard to overstate what a sweeping defeat this was for the… Court delivers another… Read More »

Greek appeals court rules against extradition of three Turkish coup soldiers

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A Greek appeals court on April 25 rejected the extradition of three Turkish soldiers out of eight who requested asylum in the country after fleeing following Turkey’s failed… Hurriyet Three of the servicemen – identified as Süleyman Özkaynakçı, Feridun Çoban, and Abdullah Yetik – appeared at the Athens’ Appeals Council on April 25 upon the… Prosecutor Ourania Stathea said the new evidence presented by Ankara was… Greek appeals court… Read More »

Jakarta governor Ahok invokes Finding Nemo in blasphemy trial defence

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Jakarta: Beleaguered outgoing Jakarta governor Basuki Tjahaja Purnama has revealed an unexpected source of inspiration as he fights allegations of… Jewel Topsfield Karuni Rompies The Sydney Morning Herald A week after losing the gubernatorial election to former education minister Anies Baswedan, the maverick governor known to all as Ahok mounted a… He told of inviting kindergarten children to watch a scene from the… Jakarta governor Ahok… Read More »

High court orders UK government to explain clean air plan delay

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Critics say air pollution issue is public health and not political issue and ministers must defend delay in high… Matthew Taylor The Guardian The government has been ordered back to the high court to explain its last-minute bid to delay publication of the UK’s clean air… Politicians and environmental groups had complained that ministers were “hiding behind the election” after they said they could not publish the proposals because of… High court orders… Read More »