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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
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
31 Mar 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] A US military judge ruled [opinion, PDF] Monday that authorities at the Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detention center provide adequate medical care to Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri, the accused ringleader of the USS Cole bombing [JURIST report]. The defense claimed that Nashiri was unfit to stand trial due to inadequate … [read more]

Legal News
11 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US Army Col. James Pohl on Thursday stepped down [order, PDF] from the trial of Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive], who faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] in 2000, which killed 17 American service members. Pohl, the … [read more]

Legal News
4 May 2014
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Chief Prosecutor Brig. Gen. Mark S. Martins of the war crimes court at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] filed a motion [text, PDF], which was made public [Office of Military Commissions report] on Monday, asking the court to reconsider an order [AE 120C, PDF] from last month that released classified … [read more]

Legal News
21 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Saudi Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi [JURIST news archive] on Thursday pleaded guilty [pretrial agreement, PDF] to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential … [read more]

Legal News
17 Feb 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] Colonel James Pohl recessed the first military commission session of the year on Monday because Saudi prisoner Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive] may want to fire his lawyer. Nashiri faces terror charges in connection with the al Qaeda attack on the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] in 2000, … [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]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Allegations of harsh interrogations and torture have been consistent in the decade since Guantanamo Bay began housing prisoners. Former detainees subsequently voiced abuse accusations, including Sami-al-Leithy, Murat Kurnaz, Mohammed El Gharani, Mubarak Hussain bin Abul Hasim and Binyam Mohamed. Detainees still being held at the facilities have made similar claims, … [read more]

Legal News
1 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] Approximately 250 Yemeni demonstrators gathered Monday in front of the US Embassy in Sanna [official website] to demand the release of Yemeni detainees held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. According to media sources, 90 out the 166 remaining Guantanamo detainees are Yemeni [AP report], and several have been detained … [read more]

Legal News
5 Feb 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Colonel James Pohl, the military judge presiding over the trial of suspected USS Cole bomber Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive], on Monday ordered a mental health examination for the defendant to determine whether he is competent to stand trial. Nashiri is accused of masterminding the suicide bombing of … [read more]

Legal News
4 Feb 2013
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] A military judge on Monday refused to halt further hearings in the 2000 USS Cole [Navy backgrounder] bombing trial. The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] Colonel James Pohl held that the defense attorney failed to present any evidence [AP report] supporting allegations of eavesdropping. Lawyers … [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
28 Jan 2013
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] Defense lawyers for the five accused 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirators petitioned a US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Monday to preserve the prisons where the defendants were held as evidence. The defendants claim that they were tortured [Reuters report] during their time held in secret CIA … [read more]

Legal News
18 Jan 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] The chief US military judge at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] on Thursday denied defense motions filed in both the 9/11 military commission trial and the 2000 USS Cole [Navy backgrounder] bombing trial. Defense counsel for accused 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] conspirators, including Khalid Shaikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive], filed a … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kathleen Doty of the American Society of International Law argues that justice has not been best served in Guantanamo Bay military trials...In August 2001, I stood inside Cuba and looked through the gate into the US Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay. It was an overwhelmingly sleepy place. … [read more]

Legal News
13 Nov 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Northern District of Texas [official website] sentenced [press release] a former Texas college student from Saudi Arabia to life in prison on Tuesday for trying to make a bomb for use in a jihad. One of Khalid Ali-M Aldawsar's possible … [read more]

Legal News
23 Oct 2012
by Jerry Votava

[JURIST] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday boycotted his pretrial hearing at the facility. Al-Nashiri is accused of bombing the USS Cole [US Navy backgrounder] while it was in port in Yemen in October 2000. Al-Nashiri objected to the use of … [read more]

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