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Academic Commentary
4 May 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Amos N. Guiora of the S.J. Quinney College of Law at the University of Utah says that although the killing of Osama Bin Laden was a legitimate military action, it is important to consider the implications of his death for counterterrorism efforts... President Obama's decision to target … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2008
by Eric Firkel

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors have opened a criminal investigation into a survivor organization formed after the 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive], according to the organization's chairwoman, quoted by AP Friday. The Voice of Beslan [advocacy website, in Russian], is accused of extremist activity [JURIST report]. Prosecutors point … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The Supreme Court in the Russian federal republic of Kabardino-Balkaria filed criminal negligence charges Wednesday against two police officers who headed a police department in the neighboring federal republic of Ingushetia [official website] for allegedly failing to prevent the terrorists responsible for the 2004 Beslan hostage seizure [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Three Russian deputy police chiefs charged with criminal negligence [JURIST report] in connection with their conduct during the 2004 Beslan school hostage crisis [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] in which over 300 civilians were killed received amnesty from a Russian court Tuesday. Relatives of the victims, most of whom … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] The Russian Supreme Court [official website] Tuesday upheld a sentence of life imprisonment for Nurpashi Kulayev, the only terrorist survivor convicted in connection with the 2004 Beslan school siege [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder]. Kulayev filed the appeal [JURIST report] in June, arguing that his conviction was "unlawful and … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Russia [JURIST news archive] may effectively extend a death penalty moratorium [Pravda report] for three years if the State Duma [official website, in Russian] passes a bill shifting the deadline for introducing jury trials in Chechnya [BBC backgrounder] from January 1, 2007, to January 1, 2010. The Russian Constitutional … [read more]


Legal News
7 Aug 2006
by Joe Shaulis

[JURIST] The sole surviving hostage-taker in the 2004 Beslan school siege [JURIST news archive; BBC backgrounder] will be given a new name to prevent retaliation by other inmates at the island penal colony where he will be imprisoned, a law enforcement source told the Interfax news agency Monday. Nurpashi Kulayev … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jul 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Russia's Federal Security Service (FSB) [official website, in Russian] killed the self-confessed mastermind [press release] of the 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] along with 12 other militants in an early morning special operation Monday, according to Nikolai Patrushev [MosNews profile], head of the FSB. Russian … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] Russian radio regulators have enjoined 60 radio stations from broadcasting material produced by Voice of America (VOA) and Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty [media websites], citing violations of licensing laws. Re-broadcast licenses were stripped from the 60 stations because, according to regulators, the stations failed to indicate that they intended … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The sole surviving hostage-taker in the 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report] has filed an appeal of last week's guilty verdict [JURIST report] with the Supreme Court of North Ossetia. Claiming Nurpashi Kulayev's conviction was "unlawful and groundless," lawyer Albert Pliyev argued that the prosecution failed to … [read more]


Legal News
31 May 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A group of survivors of the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report] in the Russia's North Ossetia republic announced Wednesday that they will appeal the guilty verdict [JURIST report] against Nurpashi Kulayev [Wikipedia profile], the sole surviving attacker, to the Russian Supreme Court [official website]. The … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2006
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] A Russian judge Friday found Nurpashi Kulayev [Wikipedia profile] guilty of all charges for his role in the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report], sentencing him to life in prison. Kulayev was charged [JURIST report] with terrorism and murder, and earlier this month, the judge ruled … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] A Russian judge on Tuesday said that Nurpashi Kulayev [Wikipedia profile] participated in the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report], committing an act of terrorism, but has not yet issued a final verdict on Kulayev's guilt. Kulayev, who is the sole surviving attacker from the siege, … [read more]


Legal News
16 Mar 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Three Russian police officers pleaded not guilty to charges of criminal negligence [JURIST report] in connection with the Beslan school hostage crisis [BBC report; timeline] on Thursday as their trial opened in southern Russia. Prosecutors say the police failed to raise security levels despite warnings about the possibility of … [read more]


Legal News
6 Mar 2006
by Bernard Hibbitts

[JURIST] Russian President Vladimir Putin [official website, English version] Monday signed into law new anti-terrorism legislation giving the Russian police and military broad authority to tap telephone conversations and control electronic communications in the vicinity of counter-terror operations, shoot down hijacked planes threatening public places or strategic facilities, and deal … [read more]


Legal News
9 Feb 2006
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] Russian Deputy Prosecutor General Nikolai Shepel on Thursday requested a death sentence for Nurpashi Kulayev [Wikipedia profile], the sole surviving attacker from the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC backgrounder; MosNews report]. Kulayev has pleaded not guilty [JURIST report] to terrorism and murder charges and denied [JURIST report] killing … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2006
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Human rights observers have accused the US of ignoring a deteriorating situation in Russia, including crackdowns on the media and overreach of executive power. Mark Medish, a spokesman for the independent Council on Foreign Relations, told the US Commission on International Religious Freedom [official website; press release] Wednesday that … [read more]


Legal News
28 Dec 2005
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] Alexander Torshin, the head of the Russian parliamentary commission investigating last year's Beslan school siege [BBC report; MosNews report] told the upper house of parliament [official website] Wednesday that despite their exoneration by prosecutors [JURIST report] earlier this week, local law enforcement officials were in fact negligent in ignoring … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2005
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] Russian prosecutors leading the probe into the September 2004 Beslan school siege [BBC report, MosNews report] issued a report Monday concluding that Chechen terrorists, not Russian authorities, were to blame for the deaths of 330 people, mostly children. Another 783 were wounded. Relatives of the victims have blamed the … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Oct 2005

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Robert Amsterdam, international defense counsel for Russian billionaire and former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, recently imprisoned for tax fraud after a long and politically-controversial trial, says his client's case is a call to the West to wake up to fundamental threats to the rule of law … [read more]

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