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Legal News
6 Jun 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Staff Sergeant Robert Bales pleaded guilty to the premeditated murder of 16 Afghan civilians on Wednesday in order to comply with a plea deal and avoid the death penalty. Bales admitted [Reuters report] to leaving his post last March in the Kandahar province in order seek out and murder … [read more]


Legal News
11 Feb 2013
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] An Afghan government commission announced Monday that it has confirmed the findings of a report [text, PDF] released last month by the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) [official website] that revealed widespread torture and mistreatment of prisoners in facilities across Afghanistan. President Hamid Karzai [official website] had ordered … [read more]


Legal News
5 Nov 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] The military hearing for a US Army sergeant accused of murdering 16 Afghan civilians in March began on Monday and is expected to last the remainder of the week. Sgt. Robert Bales was originally charged with 17 counts of murder, including women and children, in a Kandahar village, but … [read more]


Legal News
31 Oct 2012
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the UK [official website] on Wednesday quashed [judgment, PDF] a request for release from a 30-year-old individual detained by US officials at an Afghan prison. Yunus Rahmatullah, a citizen of Pakistan, was arrested by British forces in 2004 and was subsequently transferred to US officials … [read more]


Legal News
5 Jul 2012
by Sung Un Kim

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of the UK [official website] on Monday began its two-day hearing in the case of a 29-year-old individual detained by US officials at an Afghan prison. Yunus Rahmatullah, a citizen of Pakistan, was arrested by British forces in 2004 and subsequently transferred to US officials who … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The US Army has dropped one of 17 murder charges and added others, including steroid and alcohol use, in its case against Army Sgt. Robert Bales, his lawyer told reporters on Friday. Bales was charged with 17 counts of murder [JURIST report] in March for the alleged shooting of … [read more]


Legal News
17 May 2012
by Keith Herting

[JURIST] An Afghan detainee who was handed over to authorities in Afghanistan by UK forces won permission on Wednesday to challenge the legality of the transfer. Before the High Court of Justice in London, Serdar Mohammed claimed that he had been transferred by British forces to a prison in Afghanistan … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday denied the government leave to appeal [judgments in leave] a decision requiring them to turn over redacted documents providing information about Afghan prisoner treatment. The complaint [case information] was filed by University of Ottawa law professor Amir Attaran [faculty profile], … [read more]


Legal News
25 Mar 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US government has paid compensation to the families of the victims of a shooting spree [JURIST report] allegedly committed by a US soldier, according to statements made by an Afghan elder. The families of the victims killed [AP report] in the incident received $50,000 and the families of … [read more]


Legal News
23 Mar 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] US Army Sgt. Robert Bales was charged with 17 counts of murder Friday for the alleged shooting of Afghan civilians, including women and children, in a Kandahar village almost two weeks ago. He will also be charged with six counts of attempted murder and six counts of aggravated assault. … [read more]


Legal News
18 Mar 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] The US has sent at least 11 detainees to a facility in Afghanistan that has been shown to torture prisoners, two human rights groups reported [text, PDF] Saturday. The Open Society Institute of New York and the Afghan Independent Human Rights Commission [advocacy websites] alleged [AP report] that these … [read more]


Legal News
13 Mar 2012
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta [official website] indicated on Tuesday that a US soldier accused of shooting and killing 16 civilians in Afghanistan could face the death penalty if convicted of the charges. The identity of the US sergeant accused of the shootings has not been released, but … [read more]


Legal News
22 Nov 2011
by Drew Singer

[JURIST] A five-soldier jury on Friday convicted Army Staff Sgt. David Bram, 27, for a list of charges stemming from his attempt to cover up drug use in his platoon and also to kill Afghan civilians. Bram was sentenced to five years in prison [News Tribune report] for solicitation to … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2011
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A US military court on Thursday convicted an army squad commander of three counts of premeditated murder for leading a "kill team" in Afghanistan that targeted unarmed civilians and collected body parts as war trophies. While three of the four defendants pleaded guilty and received reduced sentences, Sgt. … [read more]


Legal News
28 Oct 2011
by Sarah Posner

[JURIST] A court-martial began Friday for US Army Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, 26, charged with murdering civilians in Afghanistan as part of a rogue platoon that has attacked villagers in the Kandahar province. Gibbs' trial follows an 18-month investigation into crimes committed by US military personnel as part of the war … [read more]


Legal News
24 Sep 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] A soldier with the US Army [official website] was sentenced on Friday for his role in murdering an unarmed teenage Afghan civilian. Private Andrew Holmes was sentenced to seven years in prison [AFP report] as part of a plea deal that he agreed to on Thursday. Holmes pleaded guilty … [read more]


Legal News
23 Sep 2011
by Maureen Cosgrove

[JURIST] Private Andrew Holmes, 21, pleaded guilty on Thursday to murdering a teenage Afghan civilian that he knew was unarmed. Holmes is the second soldier to plead guilty [Reuters report] of five who have been charged with murder as part of a plot contrived with fellow soldiers to kill Afghan … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2011
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Tuesday affirmed [opinion, PDF] the 2010 denial of petition for a writ of habeas corpus [Cornell LII backgrounder] for Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainee Shawali Khan [NYT profile]. Khan is an Afghan citizen who, at … [read more]


Legal News
19 May 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] US Army prosecutors charged a sixth soldier on Tuesday for his involvement in a murder plot that led to the deaths of three Afghan civilians. Staff Sgt. David Bram of Joint Base Lewis-McChord [official website] is charged [Reuters report] with solicitation to commit premeditated murder, failure to report crimes … [read more]


Legal News
24 Mar 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Specialist Jeremy Morlock [JURIST news archive] pleaded guilty Wednesday to three counts of murder as part of a plot contrived with fellow soldiers to kill Afghan civilians. At the court-martial, held at Joint Base Lewis-McChord [official website], Morlock also pleaded guilty [AP report] to one count each of assault, … [read more]

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