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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]


Professional Commentary
17 Jan 2012

JURIST Guest Columnists Matt Eisenbrandt, Legal Director for the Canadian Centre for International Justice, and Katherine Gallagher, a Senior Staff Attorney at the Center for Constitutional Rights, say the Canadian government not only rejected the opportunity to prosecute George W. Bush, they improperly removed private citizens' ability to bring criminal … [read more]


Academic Commentary
25 May 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says that instead of excusing the Bush administration lawyers who enabled torture as a tool of American policy, we should press for their prosecution and celebrate the efforts of those legal advisors in the Department of Justice, … [read more]


Legal News
21 May 2008
by Patrick Porter

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty profile; JURIST news archive], a Turkish citizen born in Germany, testified Tuesday before the US House Foreign Affairs Committee Subcommittee on International Organizations, Human Rights, and Oversight regarding torture he allegedly suffered [subcommittee materials] while in US custody in Afghanistan and at … [read more]


Academic Commentary
8 Apr 2008

JURIST Guest Columnist Benjamin Davis of the University of Toledo College of Law says the recently released 2003 John Yoo memo on US military interrogation techniques opened up a path to torture and leaves a great number of persons potentially criminally liable for the acts that occurred pursuant to the … [read more]


Professional Commentary
31 Mar 2008

Asim Qureshi [Senior Researcher, Cageprisoners]: "Two weeks after the 11th September 2001 attacks, Nihad Karsic and Almin Hardaus were kidnapped off the streets of Bosnia and flown in helicopters to a US base where they were held in a shipping container in conditions which would later perfectly resonate with those … [read more]


Legal News
29 Mar 2008
by Nick Fiske

[JURIST] Former Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty profile; JURIST news archive], a Turkish citizen born in Germany, detailed his allegations that he was tortured while in US custody in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] in a new interview to air Sunday on CBS' 60 Minutes. Kurnaz … [read more]


Professional Commentary
6 Dec 2007

J. Wells Dixon [Staff Attorney, Center for Constitutional Rights and lawyer for several Guantanamo prisoners]: "The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) returned to the United States Supreme Court yesterday for arguments in Al Odah v. United States and Boumediene v. Bush, which will likely decide the fate of about 300 … [read more]


Legal News
5 Dec 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Newly declassified court documents show that a Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) at Guantanamo Bay ignored evidence clearing German-born Turkish citizen Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; JURIST news archive] of terrorist connections, the Washington Post reported [text] Wednesday. Kurnaz sued the Department of Defense [JURIST report] in December 2006 … [read more]


Legal News
5 Mar 2007
by Michael Sung

[JURIST] Mubarak Hussain bin Abul Hasim, a Bangladeshi who had been detained for five-years at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], told AFP following his release from Bangladeshi detention last Thursday that interrogators at Guantanamo Bay gave electric shocks and subjected the detainees to low temperature cells, where Mubarak spent "two … [read more]


Legal News
1 Mar 2007
by Leslie Schulman

[JURIST] A German probe into the US detention of Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; JURIST news archive], a Turkish citizen born in Germany who was held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] for nearly five years, is being delayed because official documents are being withheld by authorities in the state … [read more]


Legal News
6 Feb 2007
by Alexis Unkovic

[JURIST] Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty International case sheet; JURIST news archive], a Turkish citizen born in Germany and formerly held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], plans to request the release of secret military documents pertaining to his detention, according to his lawyer as reported in Wednesday's Der Tagesspiegel [media website, … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2007
by Lisl Brunner

[JURIST] German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier [BBC profile] said Tuesday that he was unaware of a US offer to release Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz [JURIST news archive], a German-born Turk, to Germany in 2002 notwithstanding a finding by a committee of the European parliament investigating CIA activity in Europe … [read more]


Legal News
21 Jan 2007
by Caitlin Price

[JURIST] Growing criticism [JURIST report] of the circumstances behind the Guantanamo detention of German-born Turk Murat Kurnaz [JURIST news archive] has focused on German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier [BBC profile] following German media reports over the weekend. Kurnaz, arrested by US officials in Pakistan shortly after September 11, was held … [read more]


Legal News
19 Jan 2007
by JURIST Staff

[JURIST] Members of a German parliamentary committee investigating the detention of German-born Turk Murat Kurnaz [Wikipedia profile] at Guantanamo Bay alleged Thursday that the government of German ex-chancellor Gerhard Schroeder [BBC profile] allowed him to remain a prisoner for years, even after US officials offered to release him into German … [read more]


Legal News
14 Nov 2006
by Brett Murphy

[JURIST] Recently released Turkish-German Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty profile] has told Turkey's CNN Turk [media website, in Turkish] that while he was at the US military prison he was subjected to systematic torture at the hands of US personnel, including electric shocks, having his head submerged in water … [read more]


Legal News
11 Nov 2006
by Ryan Olden

[JURIST] The German Defense Ministry [official website] has denied allegations that a suspected al-Qaida operative was beaten while in military custody. German newspaper Die Welt Saturday quoted a Ministry report that 32 operatives of Germany's KSK special forces [Wikipedia backgrounder] in Afghanistan [JURIST news archive] knew that Murat Kurnaz [Amnesty … [read more]


Legal News
17 Oct 2006
by Holly Manges Jones

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; chronology, PDF], a Turkish citizen who is also a legal resident of Germany, said Tuesday that Germany is investigating allegations of abuse by German soldiers. Kurnaz, who spent almost five years at the US prison camp in … [read more]


Legal News
25 Aug 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] The US Defense Department said Thursday that Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; chronology, PDF], a Turkish citizen who is also a legal resident of Germany, has been transferred [press release] from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] into German custody. Kurnaz's release, which was expected [JURIST report], comes at the … [read more]


Legal News
19 Aug 2006
by Jeannie Shawl

[JURIST] US officials will release Murat Kurnaz [AI case sheet; chronology, PDF], a Turkish national with ties to Germany, from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] sometime next week, according to reports in the German media Saturday. Kurnaz was born in Germany and was in the process of obtaining German citizenship … [read more]

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