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Legal News
2 Feb 2016
by Brittany Felder

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday sentenced [judgment, PDF] two men to death for crimes against humanity committed during Bangladesh's war of independence in 1971. Obaidul Haque Taher and Ataur Rahman Noni were found guilty [VOA report] of three counts of "of participating, aiding and … [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
6 Jan 2016
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The high court of Bangladesh on Monday upheld the death sentence of Motiur Rahman Nizami for war crimes committed in the country's war for independence against Pakistan in 1971. Nizami's conviction was upheld [BBC report] on charges of genocide, murder, torture, and rape. A war crimes tribunal, established in … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2015
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] A court in Bangladesh sentenced two men to death and six others to prison on Thursday for murdering Ahmed Rajib Haider, an atheist blogger known by the name of Thaba Baba, in 2013. Those convicted included [AP report] seven university students and Mufti Jasimuddin Rahmani, a leader of the … [read more]


Legal News
13 Oct 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] filed a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] Tuesday against two psychologists who devised the torture techniques used on three former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) prisoners. The CIA contracted psychologists James Mitchell and John "Bruce" Jessen, who allegedly designed and persuaded the CIA to … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] A special court in India handed down death sentences Wednesday to five individuals convicted in bomb blasts in Mumbai that killed 188 people in 2006. Special Judge Yatin D Shinde sentenced [Indian Express report] Kamal Ansari, Faisal Atur Rahman Shaikh, Ehtesham Siddiqui, Naveed Khan and Asif Khan to death … [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]


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
19 Aug 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] Bangladeshi authorities announced Tuesday the arrest of three individuals allegedly involved in the murder of two secular bloggers earlier this year. The suspects are Islamic extremists and part of a recently banned armed group called Ansarullah Bangla Team. Mufti Jasim Rahmani, the head of the group, is already serving … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] a legal challenge from a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee who claimed that his detention at the naval base was illegal. Muktar Yahya Najee al-Warafi from Yemen was captured … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The US Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official fact sheet] announced Friday that one of the longest-held detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] may now be released to his home country of Saudi Arabia. Abdul Rahman Shalabi has been on a nine-year hunger strike and would be released [Miami Herald report] … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Authorities in Egypt on Tuesday announced the arrest of two leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood in Cairo's Gaza district after they were both convicted and sentenced to death in absentia. Mahmoud Ghozlan and Abdul Rahman al-Barr were part of the brotherhood's highest office, the Guidance Bureau, and the organization … [read more]


Legal News
29 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] An Egyptian court on Thursday acquitted a policeman convicted of torturing an Islamist to death over a church bombing. Mohammed Abdel Rahman al-Shimi was sentenced to 15 years in prison in June 2012 for taking part in the torturing of Sayed Bilal until he was dead. On appeal the … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A Bangladesh court on Wednesday indicted an Islamist leader and seven students for the 2013 death of atheist blogger Ahmed Rajib Haider. The indictments will lead to the trial for Islamist group head Mutifi Jasimuddin Rahmani and the other accused students. The indictments were issued [AP report] following a … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website] on Tuesday convicted and sentenced [judgment, PDF] Abdul Jabbar, militia leader and former lawmaker, to life in prison for genocide and religious persecution committed during the1971 Liberation War. Jabbar was tried in absentia, as it is thought that he has fled … [read more]


Legal News
18 Feb 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website; JURIST news archive] on Wednesday convicted and sentenced [judgement, PDF] Islamist leader Abdus Subhan to death. Subhan, leader of the Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) political party, was charged and convicted of of mass killing, looting and arson during during the 1971 War of … [read more]


Legal News
2 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Saudi Arabia officials on Sunday beheaded convicted murderer Abdelrahman al-Jahni, the fifth person to be executed since King Salman [BBC profile] took office last month. Saudi Arabia has executed 17 people [AFP report] so far this year, and the number of executions has significantly increased in recent years to … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jan 2015
by Steven Wildberger

[JURIST] As part of the 70th anniversary commemoration [official website] of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp (USHMM backgrounder), UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official website] on Wednesday called for an examination of why genocide continues to be perpetrated in some parts of the world. Titled "Why Have … [read more]


Legal News
18 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] During a Holocaust memorial service at the Park East Synagogue in New York City on Saturday, UN Deputy-Secretary-General Jan Eliasson [official profile] said preventing genocide requires making concerted efforts to figure out the forces that cause it. Eliasson emphasized attempting to improve understanding between communities of different faiths, as … [read more]


Legal News
30 Dec 2014
by Alexandra Farone

[JURIST] The International Crimes Tribunal Bangladesh (ICTB) [official website; JURIST news archive] sentenced [judgment, PDF] Islamist leader ATM Azharul Islam to death on Tuesday for war crimes committed during the 1971 War of Liberation [Global Security backgrounder] against Pakistan. Azharul Islam is the Assistant Secretary General of the nation's largest … [read more]

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