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Legal News
15 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] The Polish government on Friday processed payments to two terror suspects currently held by the US at Guantanamo Bay. The European Court of Human Rights [official website] had imposed a Saturday deadline [AP report] on Poland to make the reparations. Last July Abu Zubaydah and Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri were … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2013
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the district court's denial of a writ of habeas corpus for Guantanamo detainee Abdul Razak Ali. Ali, who was captured in 2002 during an 18-day stay at a Pakistan guesthouse with … [read more]


Legal News
4 Dec 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Lawyers for two Guantanamo detainees, arguing before the European Court of Human Rights [official website] on Tuesday, accused Poland of serving as a secret torture site for the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) [official website] extraordinary rendition program [JURIST news archive]. The case [Al Jazeera report] involves 48-year-old Abd al-Rahim … [read more]


Legal News
1 Nov 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Poland formally requested that the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] hold an upcoming December 3 hearing regarding Poland's complicity in US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) secret detention facilities in private. The ECHR is scheduled [Reuters report] for a public hearing [JURIST report] on whether Poland hosted … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jul 2013
by G. Redd

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] announced Monday that it will hear a case against Poland for allegedly acquiescing to the torture of extradited prisoners by CIA agents. This case, brought by Abu Zubaydah, is the second case in which a detainee has brought charges against … [read more]


Legal News
29 Jan 2013
by Julia Zebley

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Abu Zubaydah on Monday asked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] to rule on whether Poland violated their client's rights [Reuters report] by aiding the US in detaining and allegedly torturing Zubaydah in a secret CIA prison [JURIST news … [read more]


Legal News
22 May 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] do not have to release records pertaining to CIA detention and interrogation programs for prisoners in US custody overseas. … [read more]


Academic Commentary
16 Feb 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Maureen Duffy of the University of Calgary Faculty of Law says that the use of "blacklists" as a tool for counter-terrorism efforts does not increase public safety, and instead may result in a form of legal punishment based on a subject's associations alone...Abousfian Abdelrazik's bizarre plight has … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and alleged al Qaeda facilitator on Thursday filed a case against Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights [official website] for torture and secret detention at a CIA-run location within the Baltic state. The claimant, Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile], … [read more]


Legal News
30 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Lithuania must reopen the investigation [press release] into secret CIA prisons [JURIST news archive] in light of new evidence, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] insisted Thursday. AI cited evidence of rendition flights of Abu Zubaydah [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] in 2005 revealed earlier this year by Reprieve [advocacy … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] Wednesday officially referred charges against a high-profile Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee who allegedly planned the 2000 attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] that left 17 sailors dead and 37 others injured. Saudi-born former millionaire Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Jul 2011

JURIST Contributing Editor Marjorie Cohn of Thomas Jefferson School of Law says that all instances of torture must be investigated as violations of US and international law and a failure to do so will allow impunity for those who authorized these actions... President Barack Obama declared "nobody's above the law" … [read more]


Legal News
21 Apr 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Wednesday that high-value Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive] will be subject to capital charges and tried in a military court [press release]. According to the Pentagon, the chief prosecutor for the DOD's Office … [read more]


Legal News
28 Mar 2011
by Ashley Hileman

[JURIST] Polish prosecutors investigating an alleged secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] announced Monday that they are asking US officials to question two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who claim they were held and abused at the site. The lawyers submitted their request [AP report], which includes a list … [read more]


Legal News
12 Jan 2011
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] A federal judge in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Tuesday denied [opinion, PDF] the habeas corpus petition of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdul Razak Ali. The judge rejected Razak Ali's claim of mistaken identity and ruled that US officials acted … [read more]


Legal News
29 Dec 2010
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] The Helsinki Foundation for Human Rights [advocacy website] announced Tuesday that the US government has refused to provide legal cooperation to Polish prosecutors investigating whether Saudi terror suspect Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile, JURIST news archive] was tortured in a secret CIA prison [JURIST news archive] in Poland. According … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Lawyers for Guantanamo Bay detainee Abu Zubaydah on Thursday asked Polish prosecutors to investigate claims that he was abused in a secret CIA prison [JURIST news archives] in the country. Zubaydah, a top al Qaeda suspect, alleges that he was transferred to Poland and subjected to enhanced interrogation techniques. … [read more]


Legal News
12 Nov 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] on Thursday published an open letter [text, PDF] to US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile, JURIST news archive], urging him to investigate former president George W. Bush [JURIST news archive] for violation of the federal statute prohibiting torture [text]. In … [read more]


Legal News
10 Nov 2010
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] No criminal charges will be brought against Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] officials for destroying videotapes of controversial interrogations of terror suspects during the Bush administration, a federal prosecutor announced [press release] Tuesday. US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] special prosecutor John Durham "has concluded that … [read more]


Legal News
25 Feb 2010
by Haley Wojdowski

[JURIST] The US Central Intelligence Agency [official website] (CIA) [official website] briefed lawmakers [press release] between 2001 and 2007 on the specifics of enhanced interrogation techniques, according to declassified documents [text, PDF] made public by Judicial Watch [advocacy website] on Tuesday. The documents, obtained by Judicial Watch pursuant to a … [read more]

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