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Belarusian court sentences Russian law student whose plane was forcibly shot down to 6 years – JURIST

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The Supreme Court of Belarus announced on Friday that Russian law student Sofia Sapega was sentenced in the Grodno Regional Court to six years in prison for participating in opposition activities in the country. Saepga was convicted of inciting social hatred and disseminating personal information without consent, charges that together carry a maximum of 15 years in prison. Belarusian officials accused Sapega of operating a Telegram channel that spread “personal data of public and military officials who participated in massive crackdowns” during the 2020 Belarusian protests. Sapega and his partner, opposition journalist Roman Protasevich, were arrested in 2021. after his The flight from Greece to Lithuania was forcibly diverted to Belarus. Protesevich was editor-in-chief of the Telegram channel “NEXTA”, a Belarusian media outlet that “played a leading role in organizing protests against Lukashenko” after the country’s disputed 2020 presidential election. Russian state news agency TASS reported that the The Kremlin refuses to comment on the sentence, saying that since the Kremlin disapproves of comments on Russian court proceedings, it will not comment on proceedings in “friendly” Belarus. Belarus’s treatment of Sapega and Protesevich has been widely criticized. Ekaterina Vinokurova, a member of Russia’s Presidential Council for Human Rights, called the phrase “crazy,” saying Russia has a duty to protect all its citizens abroad, regardless of their political views. In January, the US Justice Department charged four Belarusian officials with “air piracy” for fabricating the bomb threat that diverted the fight from Sapega and Protasevich to Minsk. The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights condemned the diversion almost immediately, saying that “Such abuse of state power against a journalist for exercising functions that are protected by international law is receiving and deserves the strongest condemnation.” Protasevich has not yet been tried. charges of inciting mass riots.

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Indian court keeps journalist in police custody over tweet – JURIST

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The Delhi Metropolitan Magistrate’s Court on Tuesday ordered journalist and Alt News co-founder Mohammed Zubair to be held in police custody for four days. Zubair was arrested on Monday for the offenses of hurting religious sentiments and inciting enmity under Sections 153 and 295 of the Indian Penal Code. In 2018, Zubair posted a tweet showing a hotel whose name he changed from “Honeymoon Hotel” to “Hanuman Hotel”. Hanuman is a Hindu god. Delhi police arrested him based on a complaint about that tweet, which alleged that Zubair tweeted a “questionable image for the purpose of deliberately insulting the god of a particular religion.” accused for posting the tweet in question will be retrieved at the behest of the accused Mohammed Zubair from his residence in Bangalore, that the accused has not cooperated and (with) the disclosure statement recorded, four days PC (police custody) preventive detention of the accused will be concedes as the accused will be taken to Bangalore. Zubair’s arrest has been condemned by international organizations and national news organizations, including United Nations chief Antonio Guterres, Amnesty International, the Press Club of India and other media outlets.

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US Supreme Court Grants Review of Federal Bankruptcy Case – JURIST

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On Monday, the US Supreme Court agreed to hear MOAC Mall Holdings v. Transform Holdco, a case examining appellate court jurisdiction over sales orders in federal bankruptcy proceedings. The case revolves around the sale and transfer of a lease for a store in a shopping center. In 1991, Sears obtained a lease for a store in the Mall of America in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The lease only cost Sears $10 a year and was supposed to last 100 years. Sears, however, went bankrupt in 2018. As part of federal bankruptcy proceedings, Sears sold its assets and the Mall of America lease was transferred to Transform Holdco LLC, a corporation formed by Sears’ new owners. Mall of America sought to prevent the transfer because they claim that Transform Holdco LLC does not intend to occupy the leased facilities but to sublet them to other companies. Transform Holdco LLC argues that the long-term lease constitutes a substantial portion of the value Sears was sold for in the bankruptcy proceeding. The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit transferred the lease as it was deemed “integral” to a court-approved bankruptcy sale. Mall of America filed a petition with the US Supreme Court, arguing that a remedy is available that would not affect the validity of the sale. Therefore, according to Mall of America, the appellate court should be allowed to intervene. Transform Holdco LLC responds that no such remedy exists, and that the Second Circuit’s ruling should stand. The US Supreme Court must now determine whether federal bankruptcy law limits appeals on sales orders deemed “comprehensive,” even when a remedy is available that will not affect the validity of the sale. The court is set to hear oral arguments in the case next term.

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US appeals court to rehear challenge to Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine executive order – JURIST

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The US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit issued an order on Monday stating that the court will rehear Feds for Medical Freedom v. Biden, a challenge to President Joe Biden’s 2019 executive order that required federal employees to get vaccinated against COVID-19 or face termination. In late May and early June, America First Legal Foundation, America’s Frontline Doctors, Airline Employees For Freedom Health, and an additional group of vaccine plaintiffs filed four amicus briefs in favor of a new full hearing. The plaintiffs in Rodden v. Fauci also filed a class action lawsuit made up of federal employees who contracted COVID-19, developed COVID-19 antibodies, “but remain subject to the federal employee vaccination mandate.” The Rodden plaintiffs argue that Biden and the “agencies he directs have no power to direct the personal medical decisions of federal employees,” and therefore this executive order is like an illegal government mandate. In addition, the group asserts that the panel’s refusal to review executive employment decisions is unlawful and thus protects “the exercise of unlawful governmental power.” In January 2022, a Texas judge blocked Biden’s executive order. Other state judges have also blocked enforcement of the COVID-19 vaccine mandate. In December 2021, a Georgia judge blocked the COVID-19 vaccination mandate for government contractors after the Texas Governor ordered a statewide ban on all COVID-19 vaccination mandates in October 2021 .

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