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Legal News
23 Jul 2015
by Laura DeGeer

[JURIST] The Obama Administration confirmed Wednesday in a press briefing [transcript] that they are drafting a plan to close the military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] before President Barack Obama's [official profile] time in office runs out. President Obama has been promising since his inception as President to close … [read more]


Legal News
1 Jul 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] US Secretary of State John Kerry [official profile] on Tuesday appointed [press release] Lee Wolowsky [professional profile] the new envoy to lead the Obama administration's efforts to close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder]. Wolowsky is a former National Security Council director under the Clinton and … [read more]


Legal News
28 Jun 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

The US Periodic Review Board (PRB) [official fact sheet] announced Friday that one of the longest-held detainees at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] may now be released to his home country of Saudi Arabia. Abdul Rahman Shalabi has been on a nine-year hunger strike and would be released [Miami Herald report] … [read more]


Legal News
13 Jun 2015
by Ashley Hogan

[JURIST] Six Guantanamo detainees were transferred [press release] to Oman Saturday, marking the first transfer of detainees from the prison in five months.The Pentagon reports that the six Yemeni men transferred include Emad Abdullah Hassan, held without charge since 2002, Idris Ahmad 'Abd Al Qadir Idris and Jalal Salam Awad … [read more]


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
31 May 2015
by Dominic Yobbi

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit [official website] on Friday decided [opinion, PDF] not to get involved, for the time being, in a case regarding whether the public should have access to video footage showing a Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainee being force-fed. The court … [read more]


Academic Commentary
17 May 2015
by Peter Jan Honigsberg of University of San Francisco School of Law

JURIST guest columnist Peter Jan Honigsberg from the University of San Francisco School of Law discusses possible release of detainees from Guantanamo Bay...On April 24, JURIST reported that Shaker Aamer, a citizen of Saudi Arabia (SA) and a British resident who has been detained in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba since 2002 … [read more]


Legal News
24 Apr 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A US government source on Friday revealed that Shaker Aamer [NYT backgrounder; JURIST news archive], a Saudi citizen Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder], is expected to be released in June after recent calls from the UK government. Aamer and his counsel had … [read more]


Legal News
8 Apr 2015
by Peter Snyder

[JURIST] A former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST backgrounder] detainee was arrested Tuesday in connection with the murder of Ugandan Senior Principal State Attorney Joan Kagezi last month. Ugandan citizen Jamal Kiyemba was apprehended [VICE news report] along with three others in the Ugandan Capital of Kampala by a joint operation of … [read more]


Legal News
28 Feb 2015
by Taylor Brailey

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday rescinded a new rule that required military judges presiding over war crimes tribunals at the US Navy base in Guantanamo Bay to relocate to Cuba. The DOD claimed that the rule was enacted, in part, to help speed up … [read more]


Legal News
26 Feb 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] A military judge on Wednesday halted proceedings in the 9/11 terrorism case due to a new Defense Department [official website] rule that forces judges to relocate to Guantanamo Bay. In December military commission judges were directed to move to Guantanamo at the request of a Pentagon legal official in … [read more]


Legal News
19 Feb 2015
by Jacqueline Jones

[JURIST] The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] on Wednesday set aside the terrorism convictions [opinion, PDF] of former Guantanamo detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive]. Hicks pleaded guilty in 2007 to providing material support to terrorism, which was one of the few cases of successful prosecution of … [read more]


Legal News
13 Feb 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] The Senate Armed Services committee [official website] narrowly advanced a bill [text, PDF] on Thursday that would prevent most detainee transfers out of Guantanamo until after President Barack Obama leaves office. The White House has vowed to veto the legislation. The bill, sponsored by Senator Kelly Ayotte [official website] … [read more]


Legal News
30 Jan 2015
by Colleen Mallick

[JURIST] A prosecutor on Thursday argued [transcript, PDF] that a military court order barring female guards at Guantanamo Bay from touching an alleged al Qaeda commander violates Pentagon sex discrimination guidelines. At Thursday's hearing on the ban, Prosecutor Army Lieutenant Colonel David Long also argued that the court order means … [read more]


Legal News
27 Jan 2015
by Elizabeth LaForgia

[JURIST] A defense lawyer on Monday sought to have the charges dropped against Guantanamo prisoner Abd al Hadi al Iraqi, arguing that the US is violating international law and the Constitution by prosecuting him for war crimes. The trial for Hadi al Iraqi [case materials], a suspected Iraqi al Qaeda … [read more]


Legal News
23 Jan 2015
by Emelina Perez

[JURIST] A lawyer for former Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks [JURIST news archive] says the US government admitted his conviction was incorrect and did not dispute Hicks' innocence. The US Court of Military Commission Review [official website] has not yet ruled on the appeal, but Hicks' lawyer, Stephen Kenny, believes … [read more]


Legal News
15 Jan 2015
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Wednesday announced the transfer of five Guantanamo [JURIST backgrounder] detainees. Four of the men went to Oman and one to Estonia [press releases], the first time each nation accepted Guantanamo prisoners for resettlement. Their release is the latest effort of … [read more]


Legal News
14 Jan 2015
by William Helbling

[JURIST] A group of US senators on Tuesday proposed legislation [text, PDF] that would place a moratorium on the releases or transfer of prisoners from Guantanamo Bay. Republican Senators Kelly Ayotte, John McCain, Lindsey Graham and Richard Burr touted [press release] the new bill as the best course of action … [read more]


Legal News
31 Dec 2014
by Alison Sacriponte

[JURIST] On Wednesday the US Department of Defense [official website] said five prisoners at Guantanamo Bay will be released to the Kazakhstan government as part of an effort by the Obama Administration [official website] to expedite the closing of the facility [JURIST report]. An interagency Guantanamo Review Task Force conducted … [read more]


Student Commentary
28 Dec 2014
by Clarence Leatherbury of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

JURIST Guest Columnist Clarence Leatherbury from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law discusses the debate over torture techniques and our nations security... The American public was recently given information about the CIA's torture of suspected terrorists during the Bush Administration, stirring up the debate over whether the torture … [read more]

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