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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
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
12 Jun 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] Humans Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website], along with Amnesty International, Civil Society Organizations Reference Group and National Civil Society Congress called on authorities in Kenya on Thursday to stop the harassment and intimidation of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in the country's coastal region. The groups said in a statement (HRW … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Dec 2014
by Jordan Paust of University of Houston Law Center
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Paust of the University of Houston Law Center discusses the recently released Senate Torture Report ... The recently released Torture Report of the Senate Intelligence Committee adds another layer of proof of serial international criminality that was manifestly authorized and/or facilitated by Bush, Cheney, Rice, Gonzales, … [read more]

Legal News
10 Sep 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) [official website] on Tuesday hosted [press release] an event to bring attention to the issue of maritime drug smuggling taking place across international waters, urging prosecution of offenders. There has been a recent increase in the smuggling of heroin and other … [read more]

Legal News
18 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) has carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances in violation of international human rights laws, Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] reported [HRW report] Monday. Based on interview research conducted between November 2013 and June 2014, terrorism suspects were badly mistreated, … [read more]

Legal News
25 Apr 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Periodic Review Secretariat [official website], a national security panel under the authority of the US Department of Defense (DoD) [official website], on Thursday recommended [official determination, PDF] the release of a Yemeni prisoner currently held at Guantanamo Bay. The prisoner, Ali Ahmad Mohamed al-Razihi [NYT profile], was suspected … [read more]

Legal News
10 Dec 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Radical cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] pleaded not guilty to terrorism charges in a Jordanian court on Tuesday and challenged the court's authority to try him under the terms of his deportation [JURIST report] from Britain earlier this year. Qatada, whose real name is Omar Mahmoud … [read more]

Legal News
20 Nov 2013
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] The Kenyan human rights group Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) [official website] and the Open Society Justice Initiative [advocacy website] issued a report [report, PDF] on Tuesday, calling on the US and the UK to suspend financial support to Kenya's Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU). The document, entitled "We're Tired … [read more]

12 Aug 2013
by Sean Gallagher

On September 30, 2011, the US government carried out a successful drone strike against four suspected al-Qaeda supporters, two of whom were US citizens. Two weeks later, the US launched another drone strike killing a teenage US citizen and six other civilians, including another teenager. These actions by the US … [read more]

Legal News
11 Aug 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] stated [text] on Sunday that the Islamic State of Iraq [Global Security profile], a suspected al Qaeda branch, had committed crimes against humanity during the July 29 bombings in Iraq. The Islamic State of Iraq claimed responsibility [AP report] for a series of … [read more]

Legal News
24 Jul 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] The Hague Court of Appeal on Tuesday blocked the extradition [press release, in Dutch] of a Dutch-Pakistani terror suspect to the US because of "uncertainty regarding the US involvement in the torture of [Sabir] K." Sabir K. was arrested in Pakistan In 2010 and tortured by Pakistani secret service … [read more]

Legal News
22 Jul 2013
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] A Jordan military court on Sunday rejected a bail application by radical cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who faces terror charges in Jordan following his deportation from Britain. Abu Qatada was charged on July 7 with "conspiracy to carry out terrorist acts" following his deportation after … [read more]

Legal News
7 Jul 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Radical cleric Abu Qatada [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was deported Sunday from London's Belmarsh prison to the prison of Muwaggar in Amman, Jordan. Qatada was previously sentenced in absentia to life in prison for conspiring to carry out al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] linked attacks in … [read more]

Legal News
5 Apr 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] A Dutch judge on Friday blocked the extradition to the US of a Dutch-Pakistani terror suspect until US authorities agree to provide post traumatic stress disorder treatment equal to what he is currently receiving. The suspect, known under Dutch privacy laws only as Sabir K., is accused of plotting … [read more]

Academic Commentary
21 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Wayne McCormack of the University of Utah SJ Quinney College of Law says that proposals to subject the executive branch's proposed targeted killings to a process of judicial review misunderstand the nature of the judiciary and the rule of law...I most respectfully but vociferously disagree with my … [read more]

Legal News
26 Feb 2013
by Daniel Mullen

[JURIST] Judge Gerard van Ham of The Hague District Court on Tuesday rejected a request to block the extradition of suspected al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder; JURIST news archive] terrorist Sabir Khan to the US. Justice Minister Ivo Opstelten [official website] gave final approval for Khan's extradition in December after the … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2013
by Max Slater

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday vacated the conspiracy conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], the media secretary of Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive]. The DC Circuit ruled [Miami Herald report] that … [read more]

Professional Commentary
16 Jan 2013

JURIST Contributing Editor Gabor Rona, International Legal Director of Human Rights First, says that the Obama administration must place an enhanced focus on disclosing its drone policy...Our government executes death sentences against people who have not been charged, tried or sentenced in a judicial process — or met on an … [read more]

Legal News
17 Dec 2012
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Friday filed a motion to dismiss [text, PDF] a lawsuit [complaint, PDF] challenging the US government's targeted killing of three US citizens in drone strikes. Senior al Qaeda [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] leader and US citizen Anwar al-Awlaki [BBC obituary; JURIST news … [read more]

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