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Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday struck down [opinion, PDF] the conspiracy conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], the media secretary for Osama bin Laden [JURIST news archive], in a 2-1 decision. The … [read more]


Legal News
16 May 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A top Osama bin Laden aide was sentenced Friday to life in prison for conspiring with other al Qaeda members in the 1998 bombings of two US embassies in Africa. A judge for the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] rejected Khaled al-Fawwaz's … [read more]


Legal News
7 Apr 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Nairobi on Tuesday ordered five Kenyan citizens and a Tanzanian to be detained for 30 days while authorities investigate possible connections to last week's university massacre. The court granted state lawyers' request [AFP report] for the extended detention of the six suspects, which will likely last … [read more]


Legal News
27 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A former aide of Osama Bin Laden has been found guilty [opinion, text] on Thursday of plotting the 1998 al-Qaeda bombings of US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Extradited from the UK to the US in 2012, Saudi national Khalid Al-Fawwaz was convicted on four … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jan 2015
by Julie Deisher-Edwards

[JURIST] The convening authority for the Office of Military Commissions [official website] retired Marine Major General Vaughn A. Ary on Friday overturned the terror conviction against Sudanese national Noor Uthman Muhammed [charge sheet, PDF] and dismissed the charges against him [press release]. Muhammed was accused of working as a weapons … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] Alleged al Qaeda operative Abu Anas al Libi, accused of involvement in the bombings of US embassies in Africa, died in a US hospital Friday. Al Libi was captured [JURIST report] by US military special forces in Libya in 2013 and brought to the US to stand trial. The … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2014
by Kimberly Bennett

[JURIST] Australian citizen David Hicks [JURIST news archive] filed a motion [text, PDF] to dismiss his conviction in the US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Wednesday after pleading guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism. Hicks was captured in Afghanistan by northern alliance forces shortly … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jul 2014
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Monday overturned two out of three convictions of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], the media secretary of Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive]. The court vacated Bahlul's … [read more]


Legal News
20 Feb 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A US District Judge on Wednesday said that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [BBC profile, JURIST news archive], who is being held at a detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] can answer written questions from the lawyers preparing to defend Sulaiman Abu Ghaith [JURIST news archive], Osama bin Laden's son-in-law, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Jan 2014
by Addison Morris

[JURIST] A judge from the US District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania [official website] on Monday sentenced American-born Colleen LaRose, also known by her self-appointed pseudonym "Jihad Jane," to 10 years in prison for following al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] orders in a failed attempt to assassinate a … [read more]


Legal News
26 Nov 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A court in Azerbaijan on Monday convicted a group of 29 people of plotting terrorist attacks in the country. The court sentenced the group to prison terms ranging from nine years to life. The group was arrested in April and May 2012 and was accused [reuters report] of plotting … [read more]


Legal News
19 Nov 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The Israeli Supreme Court [official website] on Tuesday upheld the detention of Samer al-Baraq without trial. Al-Baraq, a Palestinian citizen suspected of being an al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] biological weapons expert, has been detained for over three years. Al-Baraq obtained military training in Afghanistan and was recruited by … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit [official website] on Wednesday upheld the 2011 conviction [opinion] of Tarek Mehanna, who was found guilty on four terror-related charges and three charges of lying to authorities. Mehenna was accused of traveling to Yemen and training in a terror camp … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling [text, PDF] that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John … [read more]


Legal News
6 Oct 2013
by Benjamin Minegar

[JURIST] US military special forces on Saturday captured Abu Anas al Libi, a suspected high-ranking operative of al Qaeda [JURIST news archive], during a raid conducted in Tripoli, Libya. US authorities allege [press release] that al Libi played a significant role in planning and executing the 1998 bombings of US … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A former Canadian Guantanamo prisoner is planning to appeal his US terrorism conviction, his lawyer said Sunday. Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who spent 10 years in Guantanamo, is currently imprisoned [AP report] in a maximum security prison in Ontario serving out six years of an eight-year … [read more]


Legal News
23 Apr 2013
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] agreed [order, PDF] Tuesday to an en banc review of its January decision vacating the conspiracy conviction of Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman Al Bahlul [HRW profile; JURIST news archive], the media secretary of Osama Bin Laden … [read more]


Legal News
17 Apr 2013
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] ruled on three cases related to the 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder] terrorist attacks Tuesday, upholding the dismissal of almost all of the claims against the defendants. In In Re Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001 (Asat Trust Reg., et … [read more]


Legal News
10 Apr 2013
by Blake Lynch

[JURIST] Judge Lew Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York [official website] announced on Tuesday that the trial of Sulaiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama Bin Laden [WP obituary; JURIST news archive], is scheduled for January 7, 2014. Kaplan said the start date would … [read more]


Professional Commentary
21 Mar 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Shane Kadidal of the Center for Constitutional Rights argues that even if the government's petition for en banc review of al Bahlul v. US fails, it will nonetheless succeed in maintaining the political status quo of the Obama administration...There are, basically, only two ways to leave Guantanamo … [read more]

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