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Legal News
17 Nov 2010
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Iraqi President Jalal Talabani [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said in an interview [video] Wednesday that he will not sign the execution order for former foreign minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Aziz, who served in the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] as both the … [read more]


Legal News
26 Oct 2010
by Carrie Schimizzi

[JURIST] Former Iraqi foreign minister and deputy prime minister under Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive], Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], was sentenced to death Tuesday by the Iraqi High Criminal Court [ICRC backgrounder, PDF; JURIST news archive]. The court sentenced Aziz to death by hanging [Al Jazeera report] … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] Former Iraqi foreign minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and 15 other high ranking former officials in the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] appeared in court over the weekend and were charged with crimes committed during Hussein's regime. According to his lawyer, Aziz will now … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The US military on Thursday transferred control over Camp Cropper [JURIST news archive] to Iraqi authorities as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. Despite the transfer, the US will maintain advisers and inspectors [CNN report] in the detention facility to respond to any allegations of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] Iraq's justice minister announced Wednesday that 26 former officials in the government of Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] have been transferred from US to Iraqi custody as US troops prepare to withdraw from the country next month. The prisoners, transferred from Camp Cropper [JURIST news archive] to Kadhimiya prison … [read more]


Legal News
15 Mar 2010
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] The US military on Monday transferred Camp Taji [GlobalSecurity backgrounder], one of the two remaining detention facilities under US control, to Iraqi authorities. Located approximately 25 kilometers north of Baghdad, Taji currently houses about 2,900 detainees [AP report] held on arrest warrants, detention orders, or as convicted prisoners. About … [read more]


Legal News
17 Sep 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The US closed [press release] the Camp Bucca [backgrounder] prison facility in Southern Iraq Wednesday, pursuant to the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) [text, PDF]. The remaining detainees were transferred from Camp Bucca, once the largest US detention facility in Iraq, to the two remaining US prison facilities, Camp … [read more]


Legal News
31 Aug 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] The US has released more than 5,000 Iraqi prisoners and transferred more than 1,000 more to Iraqi control in 2009, according to a Sunday statement [press release] by the US-led Multinational Force in Iraq [official website]. This year's releases and transfers, conducted in accordance with the Status of Forces … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jul 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The US-led Multi-National Force-Iraq (MNF) [official website] announced Monday that it had begun construction [press release] of a training facility for Iraqi corrections officers (ICO) in anticipation of transferring control of MNF detention facilities to Iraqi forces. Military police commander Lt. Col. Bradley Graul said that the creation of … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2009
by Brian Jackson

[JURIST] The US-led Multi-National Force (MNF) [official website] in Iraq said Tuesday that it is still holding 11,057 Iraqi prisoners [press release] in three separate camps throughout the country. The prisoners currently held in the three US camps, Camp Taji, Camp Cropper, and Camp Bucca, will either be released or … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2008
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in the Western media as "Chemical Ali," has been released from the hospital and returned to a US detention facility in Baghdad, US military officials said Tuesday. Al-Majid was hospitalized [JURIST report] earlier this week after launching a hunger … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2008
by Katerina Ossenova

[JURIST] The Iraqi parliament [official website, in Arabic] gave first reading Monday to a draft bill forwarded by the Iraqi cabinet [JURIST report] which could allow for the pardon and release of around 5,000 detainees currently held in Iraqi prisons. The bill, approved [JURIST report] by the cabinet in December … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2008
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] The Iraqi government sent a draft bill to the speaker of Iraq's parliament [JURIST news archive] Tuesday which could allow for the pardon and release of around 5,000 detainees currently held in Iraqi prisons. The bill, approved [JURIST report] by the Iraqi cabinet last week, would exclude prisoners held … [read more]


Legal News
26 Dec 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The Iraqi cabinet passed a draft law on Wednesday that would grant a general pardon to "innocent" detainees held in Iraqi and US prisons in the country, according to an Iraqi official speaking to AFP Wednesday. Currently, there are more than 26,000 detainees held in US-run Camp Cropper and … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2007
by Patrick Porter

[JURIST] Former US military police commander Lt. Col. William Steele was sentenced to two years in prison [press release] Friday after being convicted of unauthorized possession of classified documents, failing to obey an order, and conduct unbecoming an officer by having an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter. Earlier Friday, Steele … [read more]


Legal News
19 Oct 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] The first military officer to face court-martial [JURIST report; press release] for aiding the enemy since the 2003 Iraq invasion was found not guilty Friday of aiding the enemy by providing a cellular phone to detainees. Former US military police commander Lt. Col. William Steele was convicted on three … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2007
by Joshua Pantesco

[JURIST] US authorities have delivered Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known in Western media as "Chemical Ali," to a location near a prison gallows in Baghdad where he is expected to be transferred into Iraqi custody to be executed, an Iraqi police official said Wednesday. Al-Majid, … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2007
by Howard Kline

[JURIST] The court-martial [press release; JURIST report] of former US military police commander Lt Col William H Steele began in Baghdad Monday on charges [JURIST report] of aiding the enemy by providing a cellular phone to detainees, giving special privileges, failing to obey an order, and for conduct unbecoming an … [read more]


Legal News
14 Oct 2007
by Dennis Zawacki II

[JURIST] The US military announced Saturday that a former senior officer at the Camp Cropper detention camp in Iraq will face a Baghdad court-martial [press release] beginning Monday on four counts [press release] of violating the United States Code of Military Justice. Lieutenant Colonel William H. Steele, former commander of … [read more]


Professional Commentary
13 Oct 2007

Giovanni di Stefano [lawyer for Ali Hassan al-Majid, dubbed "Chemical Ali", Studio Legale Internazionale, Rome] provides exclusive video for JURIST from his current trip to Baghdad, including military protection on the bus from Baghdad International Airport to Baghdad Immigration Control, his trip by armoured vehicle to Camp Cropper to consult … [read more]

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