Law & Order

Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges

A Lebanese military court sentenced former information minister Michel Samaha to 13 years in prison with hard labour on April 8 for attempting to carry out “terrorist acts”, a judicial source told AFP.. Samaha was convicted of transporting explosives to carry out attacks and assassinations of political and religious figures in Lebanon with the help of Syrian security… Source: Lebanon ex-minister jailed for 13 years on ‘terror’ charges – MIDEAST Read More »

Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them

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Rich and influential people around the globe have found themselves under siege since a major data leak revealed their ties to secretive financial accounts and shell companies in low-tax havens used to hide wealth.. The uproar has brought down the prime minister of Iceland and raised questions about the presidents of Argentina and Ukraine, senior… Source: Why few Americans in Panama Papers? Lawyer doesn’t want them – Chicago Tribune Read More »

Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court

Bribing a Nigerian official was just “a cost of doing business”, the former financial director for Australian Reserve Bank subsidiary Securency has told a London court.. “At the time there was disappointment, but I agreed to proceed with it,” said David Ellery, who was Securency’s financial controller and company secretary until 2010… Source: Bribing Nigerian official ‘a cost of doing business’, ex-Securency employee tells UK court Read More »

How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade

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A deceptive calm on Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade is unlikely to hold under pressure from the ongoing “third intifada”, widespread dissatisfaction among Palestinian youth and growing Jewish Temple activism. Bolstering the 1967 Status Quo arrangement remains crucial, but immediate attention must be on maintaining more recent understandings on access to the Esplanade as the religious… Source: How to Preserve the Fragile Calm at Jerusalem’s Holy Esplanade – International Crisis Group Read More »

‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children on Nauru

Two detainees received medical treatment following an alleged riot involving children at the Nauru detention centre overnight, in a dramatic escalation of tensions on the remote Pacific island.. ‘ We have been kept in hell for three years ‘ Video footage obtained by Fairfax Media appears to show frightening scenes including young people crying and saying “they are hitting us”, before screams and loud banging can be heard… Source: ‘They are hitting us’: frightening video emerges of overnight riot involving children ... Read More »

Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal

France introduces new prostitution laws, making soliciting sex legal, but activities around it, like brothels and pimping illegal.. Supporters said the legislation would make it easier to crackdown on sex trafficking, but prostitutes said it would leave them in limbo… Source: Prostitution in France made legal under new laws, but paying for it ruled illegal – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform

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After more than a million workers and youth marched Thursday in defiance of the state of emergency to protest Socialist Party (PS) labour minister Myriam El Khomri’s law, security forces yesterday violently attacked continuing demonstrations against the reactionary labour law reform… Source: Hundreds arrested as French police assault student protests against labour reform – World Socialist Web Site Read More »

When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’

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Except in cases of violent crime, the most disadvantaged and overrepresented offenders in the court system should automatically receive a reduction in sentencing. Sentencing criminals involves the deliberate infliction of suffering and pain. There are many ways of determining how much hardship should be… Source: When it comes to crime, Indigenous Australians and African Americans deserve a ‘sentencing discount’ | Mirko Bagaric | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report

The U.S. ranks fifth worldwide for annual executions. Worldwide use of the death penalty rose sharply last year, with 2015 tallying the highest number of executions in 25 years, according to a report released Tuesday by Amnesty International… Source: Worldwide Executions Surge To Highest Levels In 25 Years: Report Read More »

Cyber justice: how technology is supporting victim-survivors of rape

We tend to think of “justice” as meaning having one’s day in court – and that justice is done when the perpetrator is convicted and punished. But for many victim-survivors of sexual violence, that day may never come. While one in five Australian women and one in 22 men will experience sexual violence in… Source: Cyber justice: how technology is supporting victim-survivors of rape Read More »

Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime

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People who misuse drugs are often jailed – the US has 25% of the world’s prisoners. But learning-based treatment would work much better. Since entering recovery 28 years ago, I’ve spent a great deal of time thinking about the conundrum of addiction. The most commonly accepted definition – the one used in psychiatry’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual… Source: Drug addiction should be treated like a learning disorder – not a crime | Maia Szalavitz | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »

President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament

Johannesburg: South Africa’s parliament is set to debate a motion to impeach President Jacob Zuma, National Assembly Speaker Baleka Mbete said, after a top court ruled the president had violated the constitution. South Africa’s constitutional court ruled on Thursday that Mr Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring orders from the public protector that he repay some of the $16 million… Source: President Jacob Zuma to face impeachment motion in South African parliament Read More »

Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good

Democracy needs flexibility.. When the first act of a new legislature is to circumvent its country’s written constitution, it’s usually a bad sign. Not so in Myanmar, where the democratically elected parliament moved last week to create the post of “state counselor” and give the job to Aung San Suu Kyi, the… Source: Subverting Myanmar’s Constitution for Its Own Good – Bloomberg View Read More »

Iran appoints new attorney general

The Iranian judiciary chief has appointed the head of Iran’s Court of Administrative Justice as the country’s new attorney general. Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani issued a directive on Sunday, assigning Mohammad Jafar Montazeri to the position. The directive read, “It is hoped… Source: PressTV-Iran appoints new attorney general Read More »

Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age

Access to alcohol would be drastically reduced under a radical rethink of liquor laws, taxes and sales being urged by one of the country’s most influential groups of doctors. The blood-alcohol limit for all drivers would decrease from .05 to .02 and then to zero, while the legal drinking age would rise and governments would further restrict the trading hours of licensed premises and bottle… Source: Doctors urge radical reduction in blood-alcohol limits, increasing drinking age Read More »

Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice

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Contracting out the punishment of criminals to private companies creates conflict with the way the state is supposed to be responsible for upholding criminal justice… Source: Incarceration-for-profit: when the commercial imperative clashes with proper justice | Richard Ackland | Opinion | The Guardian Read More »