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Thai court dissolves Shinawatra-linked party over princess PM bid

Mar 07, 2019 - 4:49 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Thai Raksa Chart party executives – including two Shinawatra family members – are banned from politics for a decade

THE SHINAWATRAS. Former Thai prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra receives gifts from supporters as she arrives at the Supreme Court in Bangkok on July 21, 2017. File photo by Lillian Suwanrumpha/AFP

DR Congo court confirms Tshisekedi winner of disputed presidential election

Jan 20, 2019 - 5:38 PM

The Constitutional Court says Felix Tshisekedi had won by a simple majority, paving the way for him to take over from longterm leader Joseph Kabila

WINNER. In this file photo, presidential candidate Felix Tshisekedi leaves after a meeting between CENI, SADC and other presidential candidates in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo on December 29, 2018, one day ahead of the General Elections. File photo by Luis Tato/AFP

DR Congo court to rule on disputed poll, snubbing African Union

Jan 19, 2019 - 11:44 PM

The dispute over the December 30 presidential vote has raised fears that the political crisis could turn into a bloodbath

DISPUTED POLLS. A supporter of Felix Tshisekedi, DR Congo's opposition politician declared winner of the December's presidential poll, demonstrates in the streets of Kinshasa on January 19, 2019 as they wait for an expected ruling in a case of another opposition candidate challenging the controversial result announced by the Commission electorale nationale independante (CENI). Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Zimbabwe opposition leader insists he won elections

Aug 25, 2018 - 10:58 PM

'As far as we are concerned, we have a view that is contrary to the view of the Constitutional Court,' Nelson Chamisa says

Parents can inherit dead daughter's Facebook account – German court

Jul 12, 2018 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) 'The contract covering a user account with a social network is transferred to the heirs of the original owner of the account,' judges at the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe, Germany say

Con-Com eyes 3 high courts under federal constitution

May 21, 2018 - 11:25 AM

Supposedly to make the process of appointing justices less politicized, the Con-Com wants, not just the president, but also Congress and the judiciary, to select justices for the 3 courts

South Africa's top court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:44 PM

'We conclude that (the National) Assembly did not hold the president to account,' says Constitutional Court judge Chris Jafta

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Eyes on Blue House as South Korea awaits Park move

Mar 11, 2017 - 11:06 AM

UPDATED News reports say Park was watching TV alone in her private presidential room Friday March 10 when the Constitutional Court announced her dismissal live on air

BLUE HOUSE. A general view shows the presidential Blue House in Seoul on November 1, 2016. File photo by Ed Jones/AFP

Indonesian Constitutional Court judge detained for graft

Jan 26, 2017 - 11:29 PM

Patrialis Akbar who also used to be Indonesia s justice minister is detained by the anti graft agency for allegedly receiving 160 000 from a meat importer who was seeking to influence a review by the court of a livestock law

CHARGED WITH GRAFT. Patrialis Akbar (R) shakes hands with Australian Immigration Minister Chris Bowen on October 13, 2010. File photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Colombia legalizes same-sex marriage

Apr 29, 2016 - 12:00 PM

Six of the court s 9 judges approve the ruling that all people are free to choose independently to start a family in keeping with their sexual orientation receiving equal treatment under the constitution and the law

SAME-SEX MARRIAGE. In this file photo, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community participate in the 'Gay Pride Day' parade in the streets of Bogota, Colombia, on June 26, 2011. File photo by Leonardo Munoz/EPA

South Korea constitutional court upholds strict anti-prostitution law

Mar 31, 2016 - 5:35 PM

Prostitution is violent and exploitative in its nature and therefore cannot be seen as a free transaction says the judges

Jang Se-Hee (C), a sex worker, cries as she leaves after the Constitutional Court upholds the current anti-prostitution law at the court in Seoul on March 31, 2016.  South Korea's Constitutional Court on March 31 upheld a strict anti-prostitution law that punishes individual women who trade sex for money. The legislation, enacted in 2004, carries a maximum sentence of one year in prison and a fine of three million won (2,580 USD) for anyone convicted of selling or purchasing sex.  / AFP / JUNG YEON-JE

Guatemala heads for elections amid political tumult

Sep 05, 2015 - 7:50 PM

The rally follows on the heels of protests Friday when hundreds of demonstrators mostly indigenous Guatemalans railed against disgraced ex president Otto Perez outside his hearing at the Supreme Court

Guatemala's Supreme Electoral Tribunal personnel prepare electoral material for the September 6 general election, in Guatemala City on September 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO Marvin RECINOS

Indonesian court says no to raising minimum marrying age for girls

Jun 19, 2015 - 8:37 PM

The court said allowing girls to get married earlier can help prevent pre marital sex and children born out of wedlock

MARRIED. An Indonesian man kisses his bride during a marriage ceremony in Jakarta. File photo by EPA

Indonesia's 'constitutional jihad' could cost growth

Jun 04, 2015 - 1:51 PM

While Jokowi has used every overseas trip to invite foreign investment the message from his government is almost exactly the opposite

MIXED SIGNALS. Indonesian President Joko Widodo's appeals for foreign investment isn't matched by the nationalistic rhetoric at home. Photo by EPA

Fresh legal bids for Filipina, Bali 9 on death row

Apr 09, 2015 - 7:17 PM

Lawyers for Filipina Mary Jane Veloso will seek a second case review while lawyers for the Australian Bali Nine pair went to the Constitutional Court

ANOTHER ATTEMPT. Mary Jane Fiesta Veloso seen here in Sleman court in March 2015. Photo by Bimo Satrio/EPA

Egypt court ruling threatens election timetable

Mar 01, 2015 - 6:03 PM

Egypt s constitutional court says sections of the law dividing the electoral districts are unconstitutional The administrative court will now decide whether to delay the polls

South Korea decriminalizes adultery

Feb 26, 2015 - 1:39 PM

UPDATED Court: Even if adultery should be condemned as immoral state power should not intervene in individuals private lives

Picture of the South Korean Constitutional Court in central Seoul, Thursday 21 October 2004. Stringer/File/EPA

Spain's Constitutional Court rules Catalan independence vote illegal

Feb 26, 2015 - 9:23 AM

The court ruled that laws passed by the regional government of Catalonia in September allowing it to call and organize such votes was unconstitutional

A 93-year-old man casts his vote for the non binding 'referendum' for independence at a polling station in Barcelona, Spain, 09 November 2014. Toni Albir/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Jan. 7, 2015

Jan 07, 2015 - 1:59 PM

A planned ban on super cheap airfare Indonesia s plan to increase its tourism promotion budget almost 5 times a popular singer busted for drugs again and more

Leader of Spain's Catalonia region wants early polls on independence

Nov 26, 2014 - 9:08 AM

The election which would involve a joint list of candidates from all parties that favor independence is the only way to allow Catalans to voice their opinion after a symbolic independence referendum says Arturo Mas

Catalonia's President Artur Mas attends a press conference after a regional Cabinet Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, 11 November 2014. Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Spanish prosecutors to take legal action against Catalan president

Nov 20, 2014 - 8:24 AM

Spain s Attorney General Eduardo Torres Dulce has said Arturo Mas could be charged with: civil disobedience abuse of power usurpation of duties and embezzlement of public funds

HEADACHE? Catalonia's President Artur Mas attends a press conference after a regional Cabinet Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, 11 November 2014. Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Spain rejects Catalan self-determination after vote

Nov 12, 2014 - 7:40 AM

Catalonia s leader Artur Mas reached out to Madrid for talks on a definitive and binding vote but the national government digs in its heels

HEADACHE? Catalonia's President Artur Mas attends a press conference after a regional Cabinet Meeting in Barcelona, Spain, 11 November 2014. Alejandro Garcia/EPA

Catalonia to press ahead with independence drive after 2M vote

Nov 10, 2014 - 8:03 AM

UPDATED The poll is held in the face of fierce opposition from the Spanish government and despite a constitutional court ruling to suspend the exercise

A 93-year-old man casts his vote for the non binding 'referendum' for independence at a polling station in Barcelona, Spain, 09 November 2014. Toni Albir/EPA

Catalonia defies Spain to hold independence vote

Nov 09, 2014 - 4:25 PM

UPDATED One of Spain s richest but most indebted regions Catalonia s long standing yearning for greater autonomy has swelled in recent years of economic hardship sharpened by resistance from Madrid

Last preparations for the non binding referendum for independence at a school in Barcelona, Spain, 09 November 2014. Marta Perez/EPA

Catalan gov't asks top Spanish court to allow independence vote

Nov 04, 2014 - 9:45 AM

The court will meet on Tuesday November 4 to consider Madrid s request for an injunction against the symbolic referendum

A picture taken on September 11, 2012 shows supporters of independence for Catalonia demonstrating in Barcelona to mark the Spanish region's official day or 'Diada.' Luis Gene/AFP

Thousands of Catalans demand snap regional vote

Oct 20, 2014 - 9:26 AM

The demand comes after regional leader Artus Mas watered down plans for a referendum on separating from Spain

Thousands attend a gathering to support independence referendum, at the Catalonia Square in Barcelona, Spain, 19 October 2014. Toni Garriga/EPA

Catalan parties urge snap election over independence

Oct 16, 2014 - 8:50 AM

Opposition parties in Catalonia demand a snap regional election after pressure from Madrid forces leaders to water down plans for a vote on independence from Spain

LET ME EXPLAIN. President of Catalonia's regional government Artur Mas speaks during an ordinary session at the Catalan Parliament in Barcelona on October 15, 2014. Lluis Gene/AFP

Spain's Catalonia calls off independence referendum

Oct 14, 2014 - 4:01 PM

The government has determined that the consultation referendum can t take place

A picture taken on September 11, 2012 shows supporters of independence for Catalonia demonstrating in Barcelona to mark the Spanish region's official day or 'Diada.' Luis Gene/AFP

Catalans rally for independence vote

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:27 PM

UPDATED Thousands of Catalans rallied in a rainstorm Tuesday September 30 as their leaders battled to defend their bid for a referendum on independence from Spain after a court suspended it

DEFIANCE. People demonstrate at town hall square against the Spanish Tribunal Constitutional (TC) prohibition of the 9th November's Catalonian independence referendum, in Tarragona, Catalonia, northeastern Spain, 30 September 2014. Jaume Sellart/EPA

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 5, 2014

Sep 05, 2014 - 10:13 AM

Suspicious transactions in the energy minister s bank accounts a petition to annul a religion clause in Indonesia s marriage law a new train ticketing app and more

MARRIAGE ISSUES. A couple prays during their Muslim wedding ceremony at a mosque in Jakarta on December 12, 2012. File photo by AFP

The wRap Indonesia: Sept. 2, 2014

Sep 02, 2014 - 9:20 AM

Updates on the jailed Yogyakarta student life after the presidency for Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono the verdict on the Banten governor s graft case and more

OUTGOING PRESIDENT. Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono salutes during a ceremony for the 69th Indonesian Independence day on August 17, 2014. File photo by AFP

Head of Indonesian political dynasty jailed 4 years

Sep 01, 2014 - 7:35 PM

Suspended Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah was found guilty of bribing the Constitutional Court s chief justice over an election dispute

CONVICTED. Banten Governor Ratu Atut Chosiyah arrives in court prior to the announcement of the verdict in her trial on September 1, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Indonesian court rejects Prabowo's election challenge

Aug 21, 2014 - 9:56 PM

The court s chief justice Hamdan Zoelva said the court was rejecting the entire petition from the appellant

FINAL ARBITER. Indonesia's Constitutional deliver its verdict over the presidential election dispute in Jakarta on August 21, 2014. Photo by Adek Berry/AFP

Tear gas, water cannons used against Prabowo supporters

Aug 21, 2014 - 4:57 PM

Local media reported that provocative speeches inciting violence were heard from some protesters ahead of the verdict

POLICE VS PROTESTERS. Prabowo Subianto's supporter are shot with tear gas canisters as police try to disperse the crowd trying to break through a blockade near the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on August 21, 2014, where the court is announcing its decision on the presidential election dispute. Photo by Bay Ismoyo/AFP

Court verdict due on Prabowo's election challenge

Aug 21, 2014 - 10:31 AM

The Constitutional Court is expected to reject Prabowo Subianto’s lawsuit and Prabowo is expected to reject the court decision

PRABOWO LOYALISTS. An estimated 4,000 people gathered on August 6 for the first hearing of Prabowo Subianto's lawsuit at the Constitutional Court. Photo by Jet Damazo-Santos

Prabowo's lawyer: Our evidence is too strong to reject

Aug 20, 2014 - 8:12 PM

There are only two options to uphold the law or to allow the violations that took place We believe only a deviation from the law will lead to a loss for Prabowo s team

FINAL LEGAL RECOURSE. Prabowo Subianto and his running mate Hatta Rajasa inside  Indonesia's Constitutional Court during a hearing on Aug. 6, 2014, to challenge the results of the presidential election in Jakarta. Photo by Bagun Indahono/EPA

Prabowo’s weak suit

Aug 18, 2014 - 7:30 AM

For the Prabowo Hatta ticket the court remains the last legal avenue to challenge the result If this is all they have got they should expect to lose

DEEP THOUGHT. Presidential candidate of the Gerindra Party, Prabowo Subianto (C), listens to his lawyer M Mahendradatta (L) accompanied by his running mate Hatta Radjasa (R) during the hearing a challenge to the result of presidential election at Indonesia's Constitutional Court in Jakarta on August 6, 2014. Photo by Bagus Indahono/EPA

The betrayal at the heart of Prabowo’s challenge

Aug 12, 2014 - 9:37 AM

In his mind Prabowo has been betrayed three times by the people who have been declared victors in the 2014 election Stanley Weiss writes

NO SURRENDER. Former special forces commander Prabowo Subianto has refused to concede. File photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Prabowo: ‘I can bring tens of thousands of witnesses’

Aug 06, 2014 - 2:09 PM

But he only has 14 days to challenge Joko Widodo and his running mate Jusuf Kalla s victory in Indonesia s presidential elections

Security tight for first Prabowo lawsuit hearing

Aug 05, 2014 - 8:42 PM

More than 1 400 police personnel deployed but Prabowo Subianto s party says they expect up to 30 000 supporters

PROTEST. Supporters of presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, who lost the election to Jakarta Governor Joko Widodo, stage a rally outside the Constitutional Court in Jakarta on July 25, 2014 . Photo by AFP

Jokowi gears up for transition; Prabowo camp goes to police

Aug 04, 2014 - 9:18 PM

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono says Joko Widodo should wait for the decision of the Constitutional Court on Prabowo Subianto’s petition challenging the election results

MERDEKA! President-elect Joko Widodo and Vice-president-elect Jusuf Kalla raise their fists as they shout "Merdeka!" or "Freedom!" during their victory speech aboard a traditional boat in North Jakarta on July 22, 2014. Photo by Romeo Gacad/AFP

Election calm shows Indonesia outshining Thailand

Aug 02, 2014 - 5:26 PM

While Thailand lingers in doubt over its future under a military junta the aftermath of a bitter and potentially divisive presidential election in Indonesia is proving to be remarkably calm and open

Uganda court scraps new anti-gay law

Aug 01, 2014 - 6:51 PM

2nd UPDATE The law is null and void the presiding judge tells the court saying it has been passed in parliament without the necessary quorum of lawmakers

Public scrutiny shows problems in Prabowo's legal challenge

Jul 30, 2014 - 11:07 AM

Typographical errors inconsistent figures on how many votes are in dispute handwritten notes and unsubstantiated allegations are found in the legal document

SERIOUS CHALLENGE? A lawyer of Indonesia's losing presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto, Didi Supriyanto (2-L), accompanied by Firman Wijaya (L) Akbar Tanjung (2-R) and Mahendra Data (R), show an official receipt after filing a legal challenge against the presidential election result with the Constitutional Court on July 25, 2014. Photo by EPA

Prabowo files legal challenge vs election result

Jul 25, 2014 - 10:10 PM

Almost a million documents including 52 000 vote tabulation sheets called C1 forms will be submitted as evidence

FIGHTING ON. Prabowo Subianto addresses Indonesians through a video uploaded on YouTube on Friday, July 25, before his lawyers filed a case challenging election results that showed him losing to Joko Widodo. Rappler image.

Indonesians hail historic life sentence for corrupt judge

Jul 01, 2014 - 7:37 PM

Former Constitutional Court chief Akil Mochtar was caught red handed in October as he was about to accept around 250 000 in bribes

MOCHTAR. Former Indonesia's constitutional court chief Akil Mochtar (C) talks to journalists shortly after his verdict at the Jakarta's anti-corruption court in Indonesia, June 30, 2014. Photo by EPA

Two Thai protesters dead, 21 wounded in attack

May 15, 2014 - 8:41 AM

The latest casualties bring to 27 the death toll in the 6 months of anti government protests

Bangkok protests EPA

Court dismisses Thai PM from office

May 07, 2014 - 2:56 PM

3RD UPDATE The Thai cabinet has appointed Minister of Commerce Niwattumrong Boonsongpaisan as caretaker prime minister following Yingluck s dismissal from office

YINGLUCK. Thai caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra arrives for her defence in a court case at the Constitutional Court in Bangkok, Thailand, 06 May 2014. Narong Sangnak/EPA

Thai court sets date to rule on PM dismissal

May 06, 2014 - 9:19 PM

Thailand s Constitutional Court says it has heard enough evidence and is ready to rule on the case

COURT READY. Thailand's Constitutional Court says it has heard enough evidence and is ready to rule on the case of Thailand PM Yingluck Shinawatra. AFP PHOTO / Christophe ARCHAMBAULT

24 Syrians register to run in presidential election

May 01, 2014 - 10:12 PM

A maximum of three candidates are expected to figure on the final list