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Tunisia court drops charges in case that triggered protests across Middle East
April 19, 2011
A Tunisian court on Tuesday dropped charges against a police officer who incited protests in several Arab countries when she allegedly slapped a local fruit vendor. Police woman Fedia Hamdi was accused of slapping Mohamed Bouazizi in December in a dispute during which Bouazizi's cart was confiscated....... [more]

Egyptian journalist going on trial for alleged libeling of Foreign Minister
September 5, 2010
An independent journalist is expected to go on trial for allegedly libeling Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abult Gheit according to Sunday press reports. Gheit alleges that Hamdi Qandeel insulted him in an article he wrote for the independent daily Shorouk in which Qandeel analogized statements m....... [more]

Federal judge limits use of hearsay evidence in Guantanamo cases
August 20, 2009
Judge Reggie Walton of the US District Court for the District of Columbia issued a ruling Wednesday that severely curtails the federal government's ability to use hearsay evidence in trials against Guantanamo Bay detainees. While in normal criminal and civil cases hearsay is not accepted as evid....... [more]

Documents show US military feared for detainees' mental condition
October 9, 2008
US military officers feared for the mental health of alleged terrorism detainees held in isolation in the US, according to documents received through Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests and released Wednesday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The materials released Wednesday are....... [more]

US solicitor general announces resignation
May 15, 2008
US Solicitor General Paul Clement announced Wednesday that he is resigning from his post, effective June 2. Perhaps best-known for his Supreme Court advocacy of Bush Administration positions on rights and procedures at Guantanamo Bay, including such notable cases as Hamdi v. Rumsfeld and Hamdan v....... [more]

Sudanese appeal forces trial delay for Darfur suspect accused by ICC
March 8, 2007
The Sudanese trial of Ali Kushayb, one of the two suspects accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing war crimes in Sudan's Darfur region, and two other security officials has been delayed after Kushayb filed an appeal in the case, Sudanese court officials said Thursday. Ku....... [more]

Darfur suspect accused by ICC to face Sudan trial
March 6, 2007
Former Sudanese militia leader Ali Kushayb and two other suspects are scheduled to go on trial Wednesday in a Sudanese criminal court, according to a report by the official SUNA news agency. Kushayb is one of two suspects accused by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of committing war crimes in....... [more]

Yemen prosecutors seek death penalty in al Qaeda terror trial
April 18, 2006
Prosecutors in Yemen are seeking the death penalty against Mohammed Hamdi al-Ahdal, the alleged number two in the Yemen sect of al-Qaeda, who is being tried for plotting terrorist attacks as part of an armed group. Ahdal is on trial with four other alleged members of the group and was previously ch....... [more]

Yemen to try al Qaeda suspects released from Guantanamo Bay
January 24, 2006
Six Yemen citizens, including four who have been released from the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay will face stand trial in a special terrorism court on accusations of belonging to al Qaeda, according to a report in the September 26 newspaper. The four men released from Guantanamo have deni....... [more]

DOJ to request dismissal of Gitmo lawsuits
January 4, 2006
The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Tuesday filed notice with federal judges overseeing the habeas corpus petitions of Guantanamo Bay detainees informing them that a provision in Title X of the defense spending bill signed into law last week strips federal courts of jurisdiction to hear the detain....... [more]

Specter to quiz Alito on Bush domestic spying authorization
December 20, 2005
US Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter has said that he will ask US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito about the constitutionality of President Bush's authorization of domestic spying. In a letter Monday, Specter, who will preside over Alito's confirmation hearing next month....... [more]