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Legal News
6 days ago
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A court in Saudi Arabia on Tuesday overturned a death sentence for an "apostate" poet who renounced the Muslim faith, giving him eight years in prison instead. The court quashed the previous court's ruling [JURIST report] that poet Ashraf Fayadh was to be sentenced to death for, what human … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] A well-known female human rights activist was detained Tuesday by government authorities in Saudi Arabia. Samar Badawi was detained [AI report] and interviewed by Saudi prosecutors, allegedly for her involvement in managing a Twitter account that campaigned for the release of her former husband, a Saudi lawyer who is … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

[JURIST] Saudi Guantanamo detainee Muhammed Abd Al Rahman Awn Al-Shamrani has been repatriated to his home country, the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Monday. The Periodic Review Board (PRD) [official website] determined in September that "continued law of war detention of Al-Shamrani does not remain necessary to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] More than a dozen death row inmates in Zimbabwe on Sunday submitted a plea to the nation's constitutional court through a local NGO, arguing that their death sentences are unconstitutional. The inmates have spent between four and 20 years on death row [All Africa report] for murder charges. The … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jan 2016
by Alonso Diaz

The last Kuwaiti held at Guantanamo, Faiz Mohammed Ahmed al-Kandari, has been repatriated to his home country, the US Department of Defense (DOD) announced [press release] Friday. The Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official website] determined in September that "continued law of war detention of Al-Kandari does not remain necessary to … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jan 2016
by Kasey Tuttle

Two Yemeni men captured in Afghanistan and detained at Guantanamo Bay for 14 years have been released to Ghana, officials said [press release] Wednesday. These two are among the 17 detainees scheduled for release this month [JURIST report]. The men were suspected of training with al Qaeda and fighting with … [read more]


Legal News
2 Jan 2016
by Shriram T. Eachambadi

Saudi Arabian officials said Saturday that the government has executed 47 prisoners convicted of terrorism charges, including al Qaeda detainees and a prominent Shiite cleric who rallied protesters against the government. The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr, which has already sparked protests, may deepen discontent among Saudi Arabia's Shiite minority … [read more]


Academic Commentary
1 Jan 2016
by Jason A. Coats of US Naval War College
edited by Elizabeth Dennis

JURIST Guest Columnist Jason Coats of the US Naval War College discusses the investigations into the legitimacy of reports concerning ISIS...On December 11, the Chairmen of three House of Representatives committees—the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), the Armed Services Committee and Appropriations Committee's Defense Subcommittee (APCDS)—announced the establishment of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Dec 2015
by Justin Cosgrove

According to an official US government document [text, PDF], a man who fought for the Taliban in Afghanistan and has been held without charge at Guantanamo Bay for 13 years was a victim of mistaken identity. Mustafa Abd-al Qawi Abd-al-Aziz al-Shamiri was held as a courier and trainer for Al … [read more]


Legal News
25 Nov 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A Pakistani man on Tuesday was sentenced to 40 years in prison for planning to bomb a shopping center in Manchester, as well as other plans to attack New York City and Copenhagen. Abid Naseer, a 29-year-old extremist who denied any affiliation with al Qaeda [BBC backgrounder] during his … [read more]


Academic Commentary
18 Nov 2015
by Michael J. Kelly of Creighton University School of Law
edited by Maria Coladonato

JURIST Contributing Editor Michael Kelly of Creighton University School of Law argues that France has the legal right to invoke Article 5 of the North Atlantic Treaty following the Paris ISIS attacks...Following the collapse of the Ottoman Empire after the First World War, Syria was a French mandate from 1923 … [read more]


Legal News
6 Nov 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein [official profile] on Wednesday urged [press release] Bangladesh to make a significant effort to prevent extremists from targeting writers, publishers and other potential victims. Zeid stressed that civilians should not feel threatened to exercise their right of free expression. … [read more]


Legal News
30 Oct 2015
by Matthew Santiago

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday announced that the last remaining British inmate, Shaker Aamer, has been released [press release] and returned to the UK after extensive review [report, PDF] by the Guantanamo Review Task Force. Though he is a citizen of the UK through … [read more]


Legal News
29 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A rise in defense spending and a lack of oversight in Middle Eastern and North African governments puts these nations in a high risk for defense corruption, according to a report [text, PDF] released Thursday by the Transparency International UK Defense and Security program [advocacy website]. Private sector involvement … [read more]


Legal News
15 Oct 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The Cairo Criminal Court found the brother of al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahri innocent of terrorism charges on Thursday. Mohamed al-Zawahri was the leader [AP report] of the Jihadi Salafist [PBS backgrounder] group and was an ally of ex-president Mohammed Morsi, who is associated with the Muslim Brotherhood. Mohamed al-Zawahiri … [read more]


Legal News
5 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The last remaining British Guantanamo detainee is on a hunger strike, the Daily Mail reported [text] Saturday. Shaker Aamer told the Daily Mail via his lawyer that he is still subject to physical abuse despite reports that he will be released [JURIST report] sometime month. Aamer was captured in … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] Nigerian authorities on Saturday turned over to the International Criminal Court [ICC press release] an Islamic extremist wanted for his role in the 2012 destruction of religious and historically significant monuments in Timbuktu, Mali. Ahmad Al Mahdi Al Faqi, also known as Abu Tourab, was surrendered to the ICC's … [read more]


Legal News
27 Sep 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday notified Congress of its plan to release Guantanamo Bay inmate Shaker Aamer [Reprieve.org profile] to the United Kingdom next month. Aamer, who was captured in Afghanistan in 2001, is the final British resident held in the United States' military prison. Although he denies association, … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Wednesday ordered [decision, PDF] the release of Sudanese funds held by New York banks to satisfy a $315 million default judgment in the USS Cole case. The lower court found in 2012 that Sudan had provided "material … [read more]


Legal News
18 Sep 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Moroccan born Younis Abdurrahman Chekkouri, who spent 13 years in the Guantanamo Bay prison, was released [press release] Thursday as part of the Obama Administration's [official website] effort to wind down and eventually close the detention center. The US never formally charged Chekkouri with a crime, but according to … [read more]

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