Kyrgyzstan Supreme Court rejects petition to put imprisoned opposition leader on ballot

[JURIST] Kyrgyzstan’s Supreme Court [official website, in Kyrgyz] on Thursday upheld the rejection of a petition to put opposition leader Omurbek Tekebaev on the ballot for the October presidential election. Tekebaev was convicted [RFE/RL report] earlier this month for accepting bribes, which his party believes is a false conviction by the ruling party. He is […]

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Former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf declared a fugitive

A Pakistan anti-terrorism court declared former president and army general Pervez Musharraf [Britannica profile] a fugitive from the law [Reuters report] on Thursday concerning the assassination of former prime minister, and first female leader in the Muslim world, Benazir Bhutto [Britannica profile]. The court further ordered the seizure of Musharaf’s property in Pakistan and acquitted […]

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Brazil judge blocks order allowing mining in Amazon

A judge in Brazil issued a ruling [text, PDF, in Portuguese] Wednesday that temporarily blocks an executive order [press release, in Portuguese] from President Michel Temer [official website, in Portuguese] that would have opened large sections of the Amazon forest for mining. Temer’s order [materials, in Portuguese] would have allowed mining of gold, copper, iron […]

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