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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
9 May 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [official website] on Thursday said [press release] that by releasing Omar Khadr on bail, Canada is taking a "significant step toward ending his ordeal." HRW is urging the Canadian government to rehabilitate Khadr and assist his integration into society. Khadr, 28, is a Canadian citizen … [read more]


Legal News
8 May 2015
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A judge for the Alberta Court of Appeal [official website] on Thursday ruled that former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] can be released on bail while he appeals his US war crimes conviction. According to Justice Myra Bielby, the ruling was based on her belief that there … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] asked the Court of Queen's Bench in Edmonton Tuesday to release his client on bail while his US war crimes appeal is being considered. Nathan Whitling argued [Canadian Press report] that his client's appeal is taking too long … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions [opinion, PDF] of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi [case materials], a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes … [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]


Academic Commentary
5 Nov 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Kent Roach of the University of Toronto Faculty of Law says that a recent decision by the UK Supreme Court is an important step in the right direction for US detainees who seek "substitute justice" outside of US courts...Yunus Rahmatullah, a Pakistani national, was captured by British … [read more]


Academic Commentary
23 Oct 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Frakt of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the recent reversal of Salim Hamdan's conviction presents an opportunity to rethink the wisdom of using military commissions to try individuals accused of acts of terrorism...On October 16, 2012, the US Court of the Appeals … [read more]


Legal News
24 Jul 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The Australian government has discontinued proceedings against former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] over the profits from his memoir. Australia's Commonwealth Director of Public Prosecutions (CDPP) [official website; press release] decided to halt the proceedings against Hicks, 36, commenced in July 2011 that were … [read more]


Academic Commentary
2 Apr 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist David Frakt of the Barry University School of Law says that the double standard concerning the killing of US citizens developed as a result of overseas anti-terrorism efforts and is more recently apparent in the domestic "stand your ground" self defense laws...Over the last decade, the US … [read more]


Legal News
31 Mar 2012
by Michael Haggerson

[JURIST] The Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) [official website] on Friday agreed to hear the case of Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee and Algerian national Djamel Ameziane. The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) and the Center for Justice and International Law (CEJIL) [advocacy websites], co-counsel for Ameziane, states that Ameziane … [read more]


Professional Commentary
23 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnist Will Potter, an independent journalist who specializes in the topic of eco-terrorism, says the Animal Enterprise Terrorism Act classification of activists as terrorists threatens to end activism, in part to stem corporate profit loss...A recent undercover investigation into one of the nation's largest egg producers, Sparboe Farms, … [read more]


Academic Commentary
19 Dec 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist John Bickers of Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law says that changes in the past decade have made the use of military commissions in the fight against al Qaeda both unnecessary and politically detrimental for the US, and argues that they should be abandoned … [read more]


Legal News
18 Oct 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina [official website] heard arguments Monday on the constitutionality of North Carolina's controversial new abortion law [HB 854 materials]. The lawsuit [complaint, PDF; JURIST report], brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) [advocacy website] and … [read more]


Legal News
20 Sep 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder said Tuesday President Barack Obama [official websites] remains committed to closing the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], despite political opposition. At the European Parliament in Brussels, Holder stated the administration's commitment to closing Guantanamo before the next presidential election [AP report]. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] has filed an appeal [text, PDF] with the UN Human Rights Committee [official website] complaining of multiple violations of international law stemming from his five-year incarceration at Guantanamo from 2002 to 2007. Hicks, an Australian national, is … [read more]


Legal News
3 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] An Australian judge on Wednesday froze the profits from a memoir written by former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Hicks spent more than five years without trial in US custody after being captured in Afghanistan following the terror attacks of 9/11 [JURIST backgrounder]. … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jul 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Australian government announced Thursday that it will sue former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] for royalties from his memoir. Hicks spent more than five years without trial in US custody after being captured in Afghanistan following the terror attacks of 9/11 [JURIST … [read more]

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