April 8, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Lawyers for Shaker Aamer, a Saudi citizen and former UK resident detained at Guantanamo Bay, asked a federal judge on Monday to release him on the grounds that he is suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and other illnesses. The motion for release claims that "Mr. Aamer's mental and ...[read more]
March 20, 2014
by Alexandra Cabonor
JURIST Guest Columnist Jon B. Eisenberg of Horvitz & Levy, LLP discusses the controversial methods used against Guantanamo detainees...US military personnel at Guantanamo Bay are grievously abusing hunger-striking detainees, using force-feeding techniques akin to a medieval form of torture ...[read more]
March 13, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
The US Department of Defense on Wednesday announced the transfer of Guantanamo detainee Ahmed Belbacha to Algeria. Belbacha, a native Algerian who was detained in Pakistan in 2002, had been held at Guantanamo for 12 years without a trial or formal charges. Algeria tried Belbacha in absentia in ...[read more]
March 12, 2014
by Daniel Mullen
Emad Abdullah Hassan filed a federal lawsuit on Tuesday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia that challenges the force-feeding procedures at the Guantanamo Bay military prison. Hassan, who has been held in Guantanamo since 2002, alleges that he has been force-fed more than 5,000 ...[read more]
March 1, 2014
by Nicholas Tomsho
Judge Lewis Kaplan of the US District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday rejected a request by Suleiman Abu Ghaith, son-in-law of Osama bin-Laden, to delay his trial on the grounds that the government had confused him with a similarly-named detainee at Guantanamo Bay. Kaplan ...[read more]
February 26, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
British police counter-terrorism forces announced on Tuesday the arrest of Moazzam Begg in his hometown of Birmingham, England, along with three other individuals on suspicion of terrorism offenses related to the war in Syria. Begg was a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, and he was one of the last ...[read more]
February 21, 2014
by Addison Morris
Saudi Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ahmed Muhammed Haza al Darbi on Thursday pleaded guilty to involvement in terrorism-related activities, including the 2002 al Qaeda plot to blow up oil tankers near Yemen. Had al Darbi gone to trial, he faced a potential sentence of life imprisonment. However, the ...[read more]
February 5, 2014
by Samuel Franklin
Kuwaiti Guantanamo Bay detainee Fawzi Odah filed suit on Monday in the US District Court for the District of Columbia alleging that he should be freed from prison upon US withdrawal from Afghanistan, citing international law's mandate that prisoners of war be released once a conflict has ended. ...[read more]
January 29, 2014
by Elizabeth LaForgia
US President Barack Obama said Tuesday that 2014 should be the year to close the prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, as the US shifts away from a "permanent war footing." Obama first pledged to close the detention center five years ago, despite political opposition, and urged congress during his ...[read more]
January 19, 2014
by Bradley McAllister
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled Friday that a lower court was correct in dismissing the claim for damages brought by Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak Al Janko, a former Guantanamo detainee, on jurisdictional grounds. The court based its decision on an interpretation of ...[read more]

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