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Legal News
17 Jul 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho

[JURIST] The European Parliament [official website] approved a resolution [press release] to allow Lithuania to adopt the euro as their official currency in a plenary session Wednesday. The resolution, which will make Lithuania the nineteenth nation to join the Eurozone on January 1, 2015, was passed by a vote of … [read more]

Academic Commentary
14 Jun 2014
by Jonathan Hafetz of Seton Hall University School of Law
edited by Alex Ferraro

JURIST Guest Columnist Jonathan Hafetz of the Seton Hall University School of Law discusses some of the lessons offered by the Bergdahl exchange as they relate to US policy on Guantanamo ... The Obama administration has confirmed that it will continue to pursue its longstanding goal of closing the Guantanamo … [read more]

Legal News
30 Jan 2014
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] on Wednesday applauded [press release] the Lithuanian Vilnius Regional Court [official website] ruling that Saudi Arabian national Mustafa al-Hawsawi has a right to investigate his alleged torture in a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] detention center. AI called the decision a victory … [read more]

Academic Commentary
26 Dec 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist Susan Herman of the Brooklyn Law School says that the Second Circuit's Ghailani decision is both novel and disturbing because the court relied on the departure from one principle—detention for the purposes of interrogation—as justification or the departure from another principle—the right to a speedy trial ...My … [read more]

Legal News
27 Sep 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Amnesty International UK (AI) [advcocacy website] on Thursday urged [press release] Lithuania to reopen its investigation into the country's involvement in the US-led rendition and secret detention programs after a victim came forward with new information. Redress [advocacy website] and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute filed a complaint [text, … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Andrew Morgan

The Iraq War was plagued with accusations of war crimes and atrocities, aimed at the different parties and countries involved in the conflict. The bulk of those claims revolved around the actual combat between US, Iraqi and guerrilla forces. However, the specter of war crimes infiltrated the war early in … [read more]

20 Jul 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark

Allegations of harsh interrogations and torture have been consistent in the decade since Guantanamo Bay began housing prisoners. Former detainees subsequently voiced abuse accusations, including Sami-al-Leithy, Murat Kurnaz, Mohammed El Gharani, Mubarak Hussain bin Abul Hasim and Binyam Mohamed. Detainees still being held at the facilities have made similar claims, … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jun 2013
by Sydney Normil

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) and the Human Rights Monitoring Institute [official websites] on Tuesday urged Lithuania to reopen its investigation into secret CIA prisons [JURIST news archive] that may have operated in the country from 2001-2006. In 2010 Lithuania launched an investigation into illegal detentions but closed it a … [read more]

Legal News
22 May 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Monday ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official websites] do not have to release records pertaining to CIA detention and interrogation programs for prisoners in US custody overseas. … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee reached a plea agreement with military prosecutors on Wednesday that included an agreement to testify against other detainees. Under the agreement, detainee Majid Khan [GlobalSecurity profile], a 31-year-old former Baltimore-area resident, will be required to testify at the trials of other detainees in … [read more]

Legal News
28 Oct 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] Lawyers for a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee and alleged al Qaeda facilitator on Thursday filed a case against Lithuania in the European Court of Human Rights [official website] for torture and secret detention at a CIA-run location within the Baltic state. The claimant, Abu Zubaydah [BBC profile], … [read more]

Legal News
30 Sep 2011
by John Paul Putney

[JURIST] Lithuania must reopen the investigation [press release] into secret CIA prisons [JURIST news archive] in light of new evidence, Amnesty International (AI) [advocacy website] insisted Thursday. AI cited evidence of rendition flights of Abu Zubaydah [NYT profile; JURIST news archive] in 2005 revealed earlier this year by Reprieve [advocacy … [read more]

Legal News
5 Jul 2011
by Zach Zagger

[JURIST] Australia played a larger role than previously thought in the abuses of detainees at the Abu Ghraib prison [JURIST news archive] in Iraq, according to Australia Defense Force (ADF) [official website] documents obtained by the Public Interest Advocacy Centre [advocacy website] through freedom of information laws. The documents [text] … [read more]

Legal News
10 Jun 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The European Parliament (EP) [official website] on Thursday urged the US not to seek the death penalty [press release] for high-value Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive], accused planning the USS Cole [JURIST news archive] bombing in 2000. The US Department of Defense … [read more]

Legal News
21 Apr 2011
by Daniel Richey

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced Wednesday that high-value Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abd al-Rahim al-Nashiri [JURIST news archive] will be subject to capital charges and tried in a military court [press release]. According to the Pentagon, the chief prosecutor for the DOD's Office … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jan 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] Human rights groups are calling for Lithuania to reopen its investigation into whether the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] had a secret prison in the country. Statements from Amnesty International (AI) and Reprieve [press releases] say that Friday's decision to stop the investigation [Baltic Times report] was … [read more]

Academic Commentary
1 Feb 2010

JURIST Contributing Editor Jeffrey Addicott of St. Mary's University School of Law, formerly a Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Judge Advocate General's Corps, says President Obama's inability to close the lawful Guantanamo prison is actually good news, but so is the Afghan government's agreement to take over the new … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jan 2010
by Steve Czajkowski

[JURIST] Lithuanian Foreign Minister Vygaudas Usackas [official profile] resigned [press release] Thursday in the midst of a dispute with President Dalia Grybauskaite [official profile] over secret US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] secret prisons [JURIST news archive] in the country. Grybauskaite has publicly said that she believes there were … [read more]

Legal News
23 Jul 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The US government has turned down requests from two separate UN investigators to visit the prison facility at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], the Washington Post reported [text] Thursday. UN special rapporteur on torture Manfred Nowak and UN special rapporteur on human rights and counterterrorism Martin Scheinin [official websites] … [read more]

Legal News
13 May 2009
by Adrienne Lester

[JURIST] A former high-value US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] detainee died in a Libyan prison Tuesday. Ali Mohamed Abdelaziz al Fakhiri, also known as Ibn al-Shaykh al-Libi [Newsweek backgrounder], apparently committed suicide [Reuters report] in his cell at al Saleem prison. The Bush administration cited al-Libi as the … [read more]

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