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Legal News
17 Mar 2015
by Sarah Boehme

Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Sunday reported evidence [press release] that cluster bombs were dropped on at least two towns in Libya. HRW said they have not yet determined who dropped the bombs. The Libyan Air Force recently bombed the two towns, but it has denied using banned … [read more]


Features
20 Jul 2013

D uring his 2008 presidential campaign, President Barack Obama began advocating the closure of the Guantanamo Bay detention facility and holding civilian trials for detainees. Soon after his November 2008 election, reports revealed that Obama's advisers had already begun working on a legal strategy to try large numbers of Guantanamo … [read more]


Academic Commentary
30 Apr 2013

JURIST Guest Columnist David Frakt of the University of Pittsburgh School of Law says that the Obama administration should release those detainees held at Guantanamo Bay who have already been declared to not be a danger to the US...One of the most vexing problems currently facing the administration of US … [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
15 Sep 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Tunisia announced its intention Wednesday to plead for the return of its remaining citizens being held at the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. A Justice Ministry representative, speaking at an awareness conference in Tunis, called for the repatriation [AP report] of the five Tunisian detainees still being … [read more]


Legal News
8 Aug 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Bahraini government on Sunday released two Shiite lawmakers from prison in an effort to comply with political reforms recently drawn up by King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa [official website]. Jawad Fairooz and Matar Matar, who had been held in custody for two months [AP report], were arrested … [read more]


Legal News
20 Apr 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] Italy deported a Tunisian national and former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Wednesday for his connections to an extremist group that had planned various acts of terrorism in the country. Accompanied by Italian officials, Abdel Ben Mabrouk [NYT materials] was taken by plane to his native country under … [read more]


Legal News
11 Mar 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] US Senator John McCain (R-AZ) [official website], along with five cosponsors, introduced legislation Thursday that would prohibit funding for civilian trials of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees and place restrictions on the transfer of detainees to foreign countries. The Military Detainee Procedures Improvement Act of 2011 [S 551 … [read more]


Legal News
8 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] A Milan court on Monday ordered Italian authorities to release former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Abdel Ben Mabrouk [NYT materials], finding that the eight years Mabrouk served at Guantanamo and the year he spent in an Italian prison were sufficient punishment. The judge handed Mabrouk a two-year … [read more]


Legal News
1 Feb 2011
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] An Italian court on Monday convicted former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohamed Ben Riadh Nasri [NYT materials] on terror charges and sentenced the Tunisian man to six years in prison. Prosecutors accused Nasri of working for a terror group [AP report] associated with al Qaeda while living … [read more]


Legal News
11 Jan 2011
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday urged [press release] President Barack Obama make greater efforts to close Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] despite congressional opposition. In the press release, issued on the eve of the facility's ninth anniversary in operation [JURIST This Day at Law report], HRW … [read more]


Legal News
9 Jan 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] President Barack Obama on Friday signed a bill barring the transfer of Guantanamo detainees [press release] to the US for trial. The Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act of 2011 [HR 6523] authorizes funding for defense interests abroad, military construction and national security-related energy programs. However, sections 1032 and … [read more]


Legal News
27 Dec 2010
by Aman Kakar

[JURIST] Detainees will continue to be held at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for the foreseeable future, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs [WP profile] acknowledged [transcript] Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union." The statement comes almost one year after the Obama administration missed its … [read more]


Legal News
16 Sep 2010
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense [official website] announced Thursday that two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have been transferred to Germany [press release]. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere [official profile, in German] said that state authorities in Hamburg and Rhineland-Palatinate will help the former detainees adapt … [read more]


Legal News
22 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The Spanish Interior Ministry [official website, in Spanish] announced Thursday that the country has accepted its third [press release, in Spanish] Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee. The man, an Afghan national, arrived in Spain on Wednesday and will be given residency and work permits. The ministry also noted … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that two more detainees have been released from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. Abd-al-Nisr Mohammed Khantumani was released to Cape Verde, while Abdul Aziz Naji was repatriated to his native Algeria. Naji had appealed … [read more]


Legal News
7 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere [official website, in German] announced Wednesday that Germany would accept two detainees from the Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detention facility. The announcement came after months of negotiations with the Obama administration, which originally asked Germany to take up to 10 detainees [JURIST … [read more]


Legal News
20 Jun 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] A senior Saudi official said Saturday that 25 former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees have rejoined Islamic extremist groups after going through a rehabilitation program in Saudi Arabia aimed at decreasing religious radicalism within the country. Abdulrahman al-Hadlaq, a top Saudi security expert, spoke generally about the government's … [read more]


Legal News
30 May 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] A task force initiated by the US government to evaluate the status of Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees has reported that only 10 percent of inmates were terrorist leaders [report, PDF] when President Barack Obama [official website] took office in 2009. The Guantanamo Bay Task Force completed the … [read more]


Legal News
26 May 2010
by Sarah Miley

[JURIST] Italian Foreign Minister Franco Frattini [official profile] announced Tuesday that Italy will take two more detainees from the Guantanamo Bay detention facility [JURIST news archive]. The announcement came during a meeting the US officials from the National Security Council, including National Security Adviser James Jones. Italy's Interior Ministry [official … [read more]

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