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Legal News
1 Aug 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Iraqi government [official website, in Arabic] announced on Friday the drafting of a law that proposes a framework to safeguard Iraqi journalists. The proposed law [AFP report] would offer greater protection to staff journalists than to freelancers and would criminalize attacks against a journalist on the job. The … [read more]


Legal News
13 Apr 2009
by Ingrid Burke

[JURIST] Iraqi military spokesperson Major General Qassim Atta said Monday that he is seeking the closure of the Bagdad offices of newspaper Al-Hayat and television network Al-Sharquiya [media websites, in Arabic] after the two media outlets allegedly misquoted him in a story reported last week. Atta said he has sued the … [read more]


Legal News
20 Nov 2007
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Pakistani authorities have released more than 3400 lawyers and political activists [AFP report] detained in the aftermath of President Pervez Musharraf's November 3 declaration of emergency rule [JURIST report], Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Igbal Cheema told AFP Tuesday, adding that some 2000 others still in custody would be released … [read more]


Legal News
10 Sep 2007
by Melissa Bancroft

[JURIST] California resident Hamid Hayat was sentenced to 24 years in a federal prison Monday following his 2006 conviction [JURIST report] for supporting terrorism and lying to the FBI. Because Hayat [JURIST news archive] had no prior criminal record, US District Court Judge Garland Burrell Jr. [official profile] determined that … [read more]


Legal News
18 May 2007
by Gabriel Haboubi

[JURIST] Convicted terrorist and California resident Hamid Hayat [JURIST news archive] was denied a new trial Thursday, when a federal judge rejected his claims [opinion, PDF] that the jury foreman engaged in misconduct and made prejudicial statements. Judge Garland E. Burell Jr. [official profile] of the US Eastern District of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Two relatives of Hamid Hayat [JURIST news archive], who was convicted earlier this year of attending a terrorist training camp, have been prevented from re-entering the United States after a trip to Pakistan unless they submit to questioning by the US Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website], according to … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2006
by Jaime Jansen

[JURIST] Umer Hayat, who was accused of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation [official website] about his son's terrorism-related activities, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a lesser charge of trying to smuggle $28,000 in cash into Pakistan three years ago. Umer, who will not serve any more prison time after … [read more]


Legal News
6 May 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors said Friday that they will retry Umer Hayat, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his son's alleged terrorism-related activities, after jury deadlock in his first trial prompted US District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. [official profile] to declare a mistrial [JURIST report]. Umer and … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] AP is reporting that a federal jury in California has found Hamid Hayat [JURIST news archive] guilty of providing material support to terrorists [indictment, PDF] by attending an al Qaeda training camp in Pakistan. Hayat was also found guilty of lying to investigators and faces a maximum sentence of … [read more]


Legal News
25 Apr 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US District Judge Garland E. Burrell Jr. [official profile] on Tuesday declared a mistrial in the case of Umer Hayat, who is accused of lying to the FBI about his son's alleged terrorism-related activities, after the jury failed to reach a unanimous verdict after almost two weeks of deliberations. … [read more]


Legal News
4 Apr 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A federal judge Monday denied a request by defense lawyers to review alleged National Security Agency (NSA) [official website] wiretaps in the government's case [complaint, PDF] against a Pakistani-American father and son who are accused of terrorism-related activities. Hamid Hayat was charged [PDF indictment] with lying to US law … [read more]


Legal News
21 Feb 2006
by Krystal MacIntyre

[JURIST] An anti-terrorism court in Pakistan [JURIST news archive] on Tuesday sentenced to death eleven members of Jund Allah, an Islam group linked to al Qaeda [JURIST news archive], after they were convicted of killing ten people in an attack on a convoy [BBC report] escorting Pakistani Lieutenant General Ahsan … [read more]


Legal News
7 Nov 2005
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] A Syrian official said Monday that the country has received a UN request to interview six officials in connection with the UN investigation [UN materials] into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri [JURIST news archive], and is considering whether to comply. While Syrian officials declined to … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] Federal prosecutors said Thursday that new charges [PDF indictment] have been filed against one of the men arrested in California earlier this year [JURIST report] on terrorism charges. Hamid Hayat, 23, now faces charges of providing material support to terrorists in addition to accusations that he lied to the … [read more]


Legal News
16 Jun 2005
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A father and son were indicted [US DOJ press release, PDF] by a federal grand jury in California Thursday for allegedly lying to the FBI about the son attending a terrorist training camp in Pakistan with connections to al-Qaida. Umer Hayat and his son Hamid Hayat were arrested and … [read more]


Legal News
10 Jun 2005
by Kate Heneroty

[JURIST] A father and son who were arrested in Lodi, California [JURIST report] on charges of lying to the FBI about attending an al-Qaida terrorist training camp, are challenging the government for releasing 2 significantly different affidavits to the media and to the court. The details in the first affidavit … [read more]


Legal News
8 Jun 2005
by David Shucosky

[JURIST] A father and son have been arrested and charged [AP report] with lying to federal agents after the son admitted to attending an al-Qaida training camp in Pakistan, the FBI said on Tuesday. Hamid Hayat, 22, is charged with lying about attending the camp. Hamid's father, Umer Hayat, 47, … [read more]


Legal News
22 Feb 2005
by D. Wes Rist

[JURIST] In Tuesday's international brief, state prosecutors for South Africa [government website] have appealed to the Constitutional Court [official website] for permission to retry Dr. Wouter Basson, a scientist allegedly employed by the apartheid government to create a "smart virus" that would only target black South Africans. Basson was acquitted … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2004
by Matt Lubniewski

In an interview published Monday in the Arab al-Hayat newspaper (English version here), Iraqi Prime Minister Iyad Allawi said that deposed president Saddam Hussein is "distraught and depressed" and has begged the Iraq government for mercy. "Saddam sent us an oral message in which he begged for mercy. He said … [read more]

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