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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
15 May 2015
by Matt Belenky

[JURIST] The Supreme Court of Canada [official website] on Thursday rejected the Canadian government's bid to have former Guantanamo detainee Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] declared an adult offender. The case concerned whether the eight-year war crimes sentence Khadr received from a US military commission in 2010 should be interpreted … [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
9 Jul 2014
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] The Alberta Court of Appeals [official website] ruled [text] Tuesday in favor of former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], ordering that he be transferred from a federal penitentiary to a provincial correctional facility. Khadr, a Canadian citizen now age 27, was captured by US … [read more]


Legal News
8 Nov 2013
by Lauren Laing

[JURIST] Lawyers for former Guantanamo Bay inmate Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] said Friday they are appealing a Canadian court ruling [text, PDF] that denied his habeas corpus application and held that his placement in a federal penitentiary is lawful. Khadr's lawyer, Dennis Edney, argues that Justice John … [read more]


Legal News
28 Aug 2013
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] A Nigerian court on Wednesday ordered the extradition of a suspected member of al Qaeda, Lawal Olaniyi Babafemi, to the US on charges of conspiracy to provide material support to a foreign terrorist organization and unlawful use of firearms. Babafemi, who did not contest his extradition, is thought to … [read more]


Legal News
29 Apr 2013
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A former Canadian Guantanamo prisoner is planning to appeal his US terrorism conviction, his lawyer said Sunday. Omar Khadr [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], who spent 10 years in Guantanamo, is currently imprisoned [AP report] in a maximum security prison in Ontario serving out six years of an eight-year … [read more]


Legal News
16 Dec 2012
by Cynthia Miley

[JURIST] A federal judge for the US District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday affirmed [opinion, PDF] a denial of a petition for habeas corpus from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee Khirullah Khairkhwa [NY Times backgrounder]. The US District Court for the District … [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]


Legal News
4 Nov 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] The US Depatment of Justice (DOJ) [official website] filed a notice of appeal [text, PDF] in the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] opposing a ruling [JURIST report] rejecting the government's argument that they should be allowed to set certain rules regarding Guantanamo … [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
16 Oct 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Five men accused of planning the 9/11 attacks [JURIST report] do not have to attend [DOD press release] court proceedings against them, a military judge ruled Monday. Army Col. James Pohl ruled that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed [JURIST news archive], Walid Muhammad Salih Mubarak bin Attash, Ramzi Binalshibh, Ali Abdul … [read more]


Legal News
29 Sep 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans

[JURIST] Canadian citizen Omar Khadr [JURIST news archive] was transferred to Canada [Public Safety Canada statement; DOD press release] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] early Saturday morning to serve out the rest of his prison sentence under the authority of the Correctional Service of Canada [official website]. Khadr pleaded guilty … [read more]


Legal News
7 Sep 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] on Thursday rejected [opinion, PDF] new restrictions on lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees who have had their habeas corpus challenges denied or dismissed. In hearing the challenge to the new rules last month, … [read more]


Legal News
6 Sep 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Canadian authorities received documents and materials about Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] from US authorities on Wednesday and will now consider whether he can be transferred into Canadian custody. A spokesperson for Public Safety Minister Vic Toews [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2012
by Dan Taglioli

[JURIST] The US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] held a hearing Friday regarding a challenge to new restrictions on lawyers representing Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainees who have had their habeas corpus challenges denied or dismissed. Chief Judge Royce Lamberth expressed skepticism about the new restrictions … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jul 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] The UN Secretary-General's Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict Radhika Coomaraswamy [official profile] on Friday renewed her call to transfer Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] to his home country of Canada. Coomaraswamy said it was important to focus … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jun 2012
by Rebecca DiLeonardo

[JURIST] Lawyers for Canadian Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee and convict Omar Khadr [DOD materials; JURIST news archive] on Thursday renewed calls for the Canadian government to respond to a request to transfer Khadr to Canada. A former child soldier for al Qaeda, Khadr has expressed his desire to serve … [read more]

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