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20 Jul 2013

Following weeks of escalating violence, the international community began to consider action against Gaddafi's government. The UN Security Council voted unanimously on February 27, 2011 to adopt Resolution 1970, imposing sanctions on Gaddafi's government, including an arms embargo, travel ban and the freezing of assets. The resolution also referred the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Oct 2012
by Matthew Pomy

[JURIST] Prosecutors investigating the Lockerbie bombing are examining evidence that may implicate acquitted Libyan Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah for allegedly working with Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi who was convicted for the December 1988 bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC News backgrounder] over the town of Lockerbie, Scotland. Documents obtained … [read more]


Legal News
20 May 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed al-Megrahi [BBC News profile] died in Libya on Sunday after losing his battle with cancer. His brother reported that Megrahi, 60, died in his home in Tripoli [BBC report] after his health deteriorated rapidly due to his condition. Megrahi was a former Libyan intelligence … [read more]


Student Commentary
29 Oct 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Jordan Toone, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law Class of 2012, has spent over two years working and studying in the Middle East, including six months as an embedded civilian social scientist with the First Armored Division in Baghdad, Iraq. He writes about some of … [read more]


Legal News
26 Sep 2011
by Alexandra Malatesta

[JURIST] Scottish prosecutors asked Libya's National Transitional Council (NTC) [official website] on Monday for any evidence, witnesses or assistance they can provide in tracking down those involved in the Lockerbie bombing [BBC backgrounder]. The request follows the Scottish Crown's recent defense of its decision to release [JURIST report] convicted Lockerbie … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Sep 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Charles Adeogun-Phillips of Charles Anthony LLP says that despite concerns surrounding the ability of the new Libyan government to provide Muammar Gaddafi with a fair trial upon capture, it should be allowed the opportunity to establish a hybrid international and domestic court for the purposes of institution … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2011
by Jennie Ryan

[JURIST] Scottish officials on Saturday defended the decision to release convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile] on compassionate grounds after he was diagnosed with cancer, even though he is still alive two years later. Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond [official profile] said al Megrahi was released … [read more]


Academic Commentary
20 Mar 2011

JURIST Guest Columnist Curtis Doebbler, professor of law at Webster University and Geneva School of Diplomacy and International Relations, both in Geneva, Switzerland, says the UN Security Council and the military coalition in Libya acted in contravention of international law in its use of force against Libya.... On 19 March … [read more]


Legal News
24 Feb 2011
by Ann Riley

[JURIST] Former Libyan Justice Minister Mustafa Abel-Jalil on Wednesday alleged that Muammar Gaddafi [BBC report] ordered [Expressen report, in Swedish] the 1988 Lockerbie [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] bombing, according to Swedish newspaper Expressen [website, in Swedish]. During the 40-minute interview, Abel-Jalil, who resigned [AP report] earlier this week in … [read more]


Legal News
7 Feb 2011
by Erin Bock

[JURIST] The UK's top civil servant reported [text, PDF] Monday that the previous administration "[did] all it could" to facilitate a Libyan appeal to allow for the release of convicted Lockerbie [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmet al-Megrahi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] from a Scottish prison, but that the … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2010
by Andrea Bottorff

[JURIST] The Obama administration on Friday urged Libyan authorities to return convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to a Scottish prison to serve the remainder of his sentence. US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton [official website] released a … [read more]


Legal News
10 Aug 2010
by Dwyer Arce

[JURIST] The opposition Scottish Labour Party [party website] called Tuesday for the publication of all medical evidence related to the release of convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile]. The demand comes one year after al Megrahi was released [JURIST report] from … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] US lawmakers are calling for an investigation [press release] into the role that oil company British Petroleum (BP) [corporate website] may have played in obtaining an early release for convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile]. The lawmakers are asking that … [read more]


Legal News
8 Sep 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] British officials met Tuesday with lawyers for victims of Irish Republican Army (IRA) [GlobalSecurity backgrounder] bombings in the 1980s and 90s to discuss seeking compensation from Libya. The meeting came after Prime Minister Gordon Brown [official website] said Sunday that that British government would support efforts to win compensation … [read more]


Legal News
2 Sep 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] The Scottish Parliament [official website] voted 73-50 Wednesday to condemn last month's decision by Scottish Justice Minister Kennny MacAskill [official profile] to release [JURIST report] to Libya convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile]. The symbolic vote was a defeat for … [read more]


Professional Commentary
25 Aug 2009

George Joffé [Research Fellow, Centre of International Studies, University of Cambridge]: "Despite all the fulmination, protest and anger, the return of Abdelbasset al-Maghrahi to Libya draws a definite line under what has proved to be a very worrisome case — at least for the Scottish justice system. Mr. al-Maghrahi was … [read more]


Legal News
24 Aug 2009
by Matt Glenn

[JURIST] Scottish Justice Minister Kennny MacAskill [official profile] defended [statement] his order to release [JURIST report] to Libya convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile] in front of an emergency session [audio] of the Scottish Parliament Monday. MacAskill faced criticism from several … [read more]


Legal News
21 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] US officials on Thursday sharply criticized Scotland's decision to release [JURIST report] convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile]. Megrahi was recently diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer was released Thursday to his native Libya on compassionate grounds by Scottish Justice Secretary … [read more]


Legal News
20 Aug 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill [official profile] announced [press release] Thursday that convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile] is being released from prison on compassionate grounds and transferred to his native Libya. Megrahi was recently diagnosed with terminal prostate cancer, … [read more]


Legal News
18 Aug 2009
by Andrew Morgan

[JURIST] The Scottish High Court of the Judiciary [official website] on Tuesday accepted a request from convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile] to withdraw a pending appeal to his 2001 conviction. The court's decision to drop the appeal removes an impediment … [read more]

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