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Legal News
15 Sep 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A Kuwait court on Tuesday sentenced seven to death for their participation in the bombing of a Shiite mosque in June, which left 26 people dead and 227 others critically injured. Five of the men were sentenced in absentia [AFP report] as they remain fugitives. One of the men … [read more]

Legal News
29 Dec 2014
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Islamic State (IS) [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] executed 1,878 people in Syria over the past six months, reported [press release] the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) [official website] on Sunday. Of those killed, 120 were members of IS who were foreign fighters trying the leave … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2014
by Amy Mathieu

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] dismissed a lawsuit [opinion, PDF] on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration [official website] for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against [AP … [read more]

12 Aug 2013

On September 30, 2011, the US government carried out a successful drone strike against four suspected al-Qaeda supporters, two of whom were US citizens. Two weeks later, the US launched another drone strike killing a teenage US citizen and six other civilians, including another teenager. These actions by the US … [read more]

Legal News
3 Jan 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] on Wednesday denied [opinion, PDF] a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text, PDF] request for disclosure of tactics used by the US to assassinate suspected terrorists. The request had been filed by American … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC obituary; JURIST news … [read more]

Professional Commentary
13 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Samar Warsi, a Senior Volunteer Attorney for the Muslim Civil Liberties Union, argues that drone attacks are counterproductive and hurt American attempts at foreign policy improvement...Just hours after the re-election of US President Barack Obama, a US drone strike was launched just outside of Yemen's capital. Evidence … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jul 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy websites] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF; press release] Wednesday challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC obituary; … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A senior Saudi official said Saturday that 25 former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have rejoined Islamic extremist groups after going through a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia aimed at decreasing religious radicalism within the country. Abdulrahman al-Hadlaq, a top Saudi security expert, spoke generally about the government's … [read more]

Legal News
28 May 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] A US federal judge Wednesday sentenced [DOJ press release] the Holy Land Foundation (HLF) [ADL backgrounder; case materials] and five of its officials pursuant to their convictions of providing material support to Palestinian group Hamas [BBC backgrounder]. District Judge Jorge Solis sentenced Shurki Abu Baker, Mohammad El-Mezain, Ghassan Elashi, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jul 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] A US federal court Wednesday sentenced [sentencing memorandum, PDF] Maryland resident Mahmud Faruq Brent to fifteen years in prison for attending a Pakistani training camp and otherwise helping a terrorist organization. Brent, also known as Mahmud Al Mutazzim, was charged [JURIST report] with providing material support [18 U.S.C. 2339B … [read more]

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