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Legal News
3 Jun 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee has alleged that the CIA's torture techniques went beyond those described in last year's Senate Intelligence Committee report, Reuters reported [text] Tuesday. Majid Khan was detained in Pakistan in 2003 and confessed to delivering money to al Qaeda used for a bombing in Jakarta … [read more]

Legal News
6 Jan 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] Israel-based rights organization Shurat HaDin Law Center [advocacy website] announced Monday that it has filed a complaint [press release] with the International Criminal Court (ICC) [official website] accusing three Palestinian leaders of war crimes. The complaint brings accusations of terrorism, torture and civil rights violations against Palestinian Liberation Organization … [read more]

Academic Commentary
9 Oct 2014
by Mohamed Abdelaal of Alexandria University School of Law
edited by Josh Guckert

JURIST Guest Columnist Mohamed Abdelaal, of the Alexandria University School of Law in Egypt, discusses the complexities of the current state of the Egyptian Supreme Constitutional Court...After the now-ousted President Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood assumed power in Egypt in June 2012, the country witnessed a huge wave of … [read more]

Legal News
14 Apr 2014
by Taylor Gillan

[JURIST] A foreign ministry spokesperson on Monday said that Iran plans to sue the US over its refusal to grant an entry visa to Hamid Aboutalebi, Tehran's newly-proposed ambassador to the United Nations (UN) [official website]. As the UN is based in New York, this US decision bars the nominee … [read more]

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]

Legal News
23 Nov 2012
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] Egypt's incumbent president Mohammed Morsi [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] issued a decree on Thursday vastly expanding his powers. Pursuant to the decree, Morsi's decisions are not subject to judicial review and he can reopen trials for officials from the government of deposed president Hosni Mubarak [BBC profile; JURIST … [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]

Academic Commentary
2 Mar 2012

JURIST Special Guest Columnist Andrea Prasow of Human Rights Watch says that one of the reasons Majid Khan was not tried in civilian court and was offered a plea deal by Guantanamo prosecutors was to prevent him from testifying on his mistreatment while in CIA custody... When Majid Khan entered … [read more]

Legal News
29 Feb 2012
by Saheli Chakrabarty

[JURIST] Majid Khan [GlobalSecurity profile], a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] prisoner who is linked with al Qaeda, pleaded guilty [text, PDF] on Wednesday to five terror charges including conspiracy, attempted murder and murder. Per his plea bargain, Khan must testify against fellow "high value" prisoners who are alleged to have … [read more]

Legal News
23 Feb 2012
by Brandon Gatto

[JURIST] A Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee reached a plea agreement with military prosecutors on Wednesday that included an agreement to testify against other detainees. Under the agreement, detainee Majid Khan [GlobalSecurity profile], a 31-year-old former Baltimore-area resident, will be required to testify at the trials of other detainees in … [read more]

Legal News
8 Oct 2010
by Daniel Makosky

[JURIST] India's National Investigation Agency (NIA) [official website] announced [press release, PDF] on Thursday that it has secured INTERPOL [official website] red notices [official backgrounder] for five Pakistani citizens, including two military officials, for their suspected involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] that killed … [read more]

Legal News
20 Jul 2010
by Hillary Stemple

[JURIST] The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) [official website] Tuesday rejected an appeal [judgment, PDF; press release] by a Dutch businessman convicted of selling chemicals used by former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein [JURIST news archive] to create chemical weapons. Frans Van Anraat [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] was convicted … [read more]

Legal News
5 May 2010
by Jaclyn Belczyk

[JURIST] A French appeals court on Monday refused a US extradition request for Iranian engineer Majid Kakavand, accused of illegally exporting electronic equipment to Iran for military use. Kakavand was detained in France in March 2009 after the US government issued a warrant for his arrest. Kakavand was indicted in … [read more]

Legal News
26 Jan 2010
by Sarah Paulsworth

[JURIST] A suicide bomber detonated a car bomb outside of the Forsenics Lab of the Iraqi Ministry of Interior's Criminal Investigation Department on Tuesday, killing 21 people and injuring at least 80 others. The building collapsed [Al Jazeera report] shortly after the attack, which comes one day after a wave … [read more]

Legal News
25 Jan 2010
by Patrice Collins

[JURIST] Iraqi officials on Monday executed [press release, in Arabic] Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive], better known as "Chemical Ali," for ordering the Kurdish village of Halabja gassed in 1988. Government spokesperson Ali al-Dabbagh stated that al-Majid had committed crimes of mass murder and premeditated bodily harm … [read more]

Legal News
17 Jan 2010
by Amelia Mathias

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraq Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] to death by hanging on Sunday, finding him guilty of having ordered the Kurdish village of Halabja gassed in 1988. The gassing of Halabja [BBC report], which killed 5,000 Kurds, was part … [read more]

Legal News
3 Aug 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] An Iraqi court on Sunday convicted Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and former foreign minister and deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] of forcing the Kurdish population to be displaced from the northeast of Iraq during the late 1980s. The Supreme Iraqi … [read more]

Legal News
16 Jun 2009
by Christian Ehret

[JURIST] The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] on Monday released redacted documents that describe the alleged torture and abuse of Guantanamo Bay detainees in CIA custody, transcribed from Combatant Status Review Tribunal [JURIST news archives] hearings. The documents, released pursuant to a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) [text] lawsuit … [read more]

Legal News
18 Mar 2009
by Ximena Marinero

[JURIST] The Iraqi Cabinet [official website, in Arabic] urged the Presidency Council [official website, in Arabic] Tuesday to ratify death sentences against three former Saddam Hussein officials. The sentences have been delayed because two of the members, President Jalal Talabani and Vice-President Tariq al-Hashemi, have opposed the sentences [AP report] … [read more]

Legal News
11 Mar 2009
by Andrew Gilmore

[JURIST] The Supreme Iraqi Criminal Tribunal [governing statute, PDF] sentenced Ali Hassan al-Majid [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] and former Iraqi deputy prime minister Tariq Aziz [BBC profile; JURIST news archive] Wednesday to 15 years in prison, respectively, for their parts in the 1992 murders of 42 merchants accused of … [read more]

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