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Legal News
8 Apr 2014
by Bradley McAllister

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday published a letter [text] to US President Barack Obama [official website], urging the US to expedite the return of Yemeni detainees cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. The letter notes that 55 of the 76 individuals recommended for transfer … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer [press release] of Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria. Belbacha, a native Algerian who was detained in Pakistan in 2002, had been held at Guantanamo for 12 years without a trial or formal charges. Algeria … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jul 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Monday denied [opinion, PDF] a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner's petition [text, PDF] to end the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers. Judge Gladys Kessler said the court lacked jurisdiction, but "It would seem to … [read more]


Legal News
3 Jul 2013
by Samuel Franklin

[JURIST] Four Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoners filed a motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Sunday asking the federal court to order the prison's officials to stop the practice of force-feeding hunger strikers. In their motion, Shaker Aamer, Ahmed Belbacha, … [read more]


Legal News
17 Jan 2012
by Max Slater

[JURIST] An Algerian court on Monday sentenced former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdul Aziz Naji [NYT profile] to three years in prison for his participation in a foreign extremist group affiliated with al Qaeda. The sentence was less than the 10 years in prison and USD $6,330 fine … [read more]


Legal News
5 Apr 2010
by Steve Dotterer

[JURIST] Lawyers for an Algerian national detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] on Monday filed an emergency motion [text, PDF] in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] to block the detainee's transfer to his home country. Petitioner Ahmed Belbacha renewed his request for an … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] An Algerian criminal court on Sunday acquitted former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mustafa Hemlili of charges of counterfeiting and affiliation to a militant group that is active abroad. Hemlili was released from Guantanamo, along with fellow inmate Hederbash Sufian, after a six-year detention period. The court separated … [read more]


Legal News
30 Nov 2009
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] An Algerian court on Sunday sentenced [AFP report] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Ahmed Belbacha [JURIST news archive] to 20 years in prison for being part of an "overseas terrorist group." Belbacha has been cleared for release from the US military prison facility but has said he does … [read more]


Legal News
14 Mar 2008
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Friday remanded [PDF text] to district court a bid by Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to obtain a preliminary injunction barring his transfer back to his home country of Algeria. The court in January had initially … [read more]


Legal News
2 Mar 2008
by Devin Montgomery

[JURIST] Algerian Justice Minister Tayeb Belaiz on Sunday confirmed that officials from the country had visited the US base at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to identify Algerian detainees, and said that although the country would accept repatriation of the 17 still held there, some may face criminal charges upon … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jan 2008
by Mike Rosen-Molina

[JURIST] A US federal appeals court on Monday temporarily blocked the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to his home country of Algeria while it considers Belbacha's request for a permanent bar against the transfer. Belbacha has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], … [read more]


Legal News
13 Nov 2007
by James M Yoch Jr

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Tuesday granted certiorari in Richlin Security Service v. Chertoff (06-1717) [docket; cert. petition, PDF], a case where the Court will consider whether paralegal services can be recovered at the market rate when determining the payment of attorneys' fees. The … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2007
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday denied [PDF text] the request of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to stay his transfer to Algeria [JURIST report]. Belbacha has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], but he has says that … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit lifted a stay [order, PDF] Thursday on the transfer of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to Algeria. The court instead put Belbacha's appeal on an expedited schedule. Belbacha is appealing a district judge's decision [AP report] to deny … [read more]


Legal News
31 Jul 2007
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Algerian Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] filed an emergency appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit Monday to stop the government from transferring him from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to his home country, after US District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer denied his … [read more]

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