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Legal News
5 days ago
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Obama Administration confirmed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that they are drafting a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] before President Barack Obama's [official profile] time in office runs out. President Obama has been promising since his inception as President to close … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jul 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] Kuwait prosecutors announced Tuesday that 29 people will face trial for their participation in the suicide bombing of a Shiite mosque last month, which left 26 people dead and 227 others critically injured. According to the Kuwait News Agency [official website; Kuwait Times report], those facing trial are made … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] France's chief prosecutor said on Tuesday that the man who allegedly beheaded his boss, pinned the severed head on a fence post and tried to blow up an industrial plant will be charged with terrorism and murder. The announcement [Reuters report] by Prosecutor Francois Molins came after the investigation … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Six Guantanamo detainees were transferred [press release] to Oman Saturday, marking the first transfer of detainees from the prison in five months.The Pentagon reports that the six Yemeni men transferred include Emad Abdullah Hassan, held without charge since 2002, Idris Ahmad 'Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Kuwait's Supreme Court on Monday upheld the two-year prison sentence against activist Musallam al-Barrack [Gulf News profile] for insulting Kuwait's ruler.Al-Barrack, a former lawmaker, was originally sentenced to five years in prison, but that sentence was later shortened on appeal to two years. The case against al-Barrack began [JURIST report] … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2015
by Valerie Howell

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] released a statement [press release] on Thursday denouncing as a violation of the laws of war an airstrike led by the Saudi Arabian coalition that led to the destruction of a humanitarian warehouse in Yemen earlier this month. The attack was said to … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2015
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] Kuwait's supreme court on Monday ordered the release on bail of former opposition leader Musallam al-Barrak [Gulf News profile], accused of insulting the country's leader. Al-Barrak has a hearing scheduled for May 18 [AP report] in which the court will render a final judgment on his charges. Bail was … [read more]


Legal News
14 Apr 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] So-called "less-lethal" weapons used by law enforcement can have deadly consequences [press release], Amnesty International (AI) and the Omega Research Foundation [advocacy websites] said in a briefing [materials] presented Monday to the UN Crime Congress [official website] in Doha, Qatar. Marek Marczynski, Head of Military, Security and Police at … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Kuwait's Supreme Court on Sunday upheld a two-year prison sentence for a man accused of insulting the emir on Twitter, his lawyer said. Opposition activist Ayyad al-Harbi is an online journalist in his 20s who posted [Daily Mail report] verses by an Iraqi poet critical of the nation's ruler. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Apr 2015
by Kevin Govern of Ave Maria School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Kevin Govern, of Ave Maria School of Law, considers the ramifications of the recent Arab League agreement to form a joint force in the context of historic efforts on joint defense and economic cooperation ... JURIST recently noted the 22-member League of Arab States (a/k/a Arab League) … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] reported [press release] Sunday that riot police in Kuwait disbanded protests this week, arresting 16 protesters who may be charged with attacking law enforcement officers and illegal gathering. The demonstrators were seeking democratic reforms including new parliamentary elections, release of some political prisoners, … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Senate Armed Services committee [official website] narrowly advanced a bill [text, PDF] on Thursday that would prevent most detainee transfers out of Guantanamo until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte [official website] … [read more]


Professional Commentary
4 Feb 2015
by Belkis Wille of Human Rights Watch

JURIST Guest Columnist Belkis Wille, Yemen researcher at Human Rights Watch, discusses the current dilemma in Yemen...The present global turmoil has intensified the debate over whether pursuing justice in fragile and transitional countries leads to instability. Yet Yemen has been brought to the brink of collapse at least in part … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A Kuwaiti appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling that sentenced a man to five years in prison for posting comments about the Gulf nation's ruler on Twitter. Defense lawyer Fahad al-Harbi announced [AP report] Thursday that the court upheld the sentence of his client, Abdulaziz al-Mutairi, for … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia [press releases], the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation [text, PDF] that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted [press release] the new bill as the best course of action … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] Authorities in Kuwait on Wednesday ordered the 10-day detainment of former lawmaker Saleh al-Mullah [personal Twitter account] for tweets criticizing the Gulf country's leader Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Sabah [official website] and his support for Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive]. Al-Mullah was detained [AP report] Tuesday … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jan 2015
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Nabil al-Fadhl, a member of the Kuwait [BBC backgrounder] parliament said Sunday that he may be charged with insulting the predominantly-Muslim nation after making a comment in support of the legalized sale of alcohol. The lawmaker first introduced a proposal to repeal a Kuwaiti law banning dance in public … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] On Wednesday the US Department of Defense [official website] said five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will be released to the Kazakhstan government as part of an effort by the Obama Administration [official website] to expedite the closing of the facility [JURIST report]. An interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted … [read more]


Legal News
25 Dec 2014
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The Obama Administration [official website] announced on Wednesday that it plans to expedite the closing of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archives]. Over the next six months the administration plans to transfer 64 detainees. President Obama has been in contact [Washington Post report] with the heads of several nations to … [read more]

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