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Legal news from Saturday, November 1, 2008
15:11 EDT

[JURIST] The jury in the US military commission trial of alleged al Qaeda media director Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul [DOD materials] reached a verdict in the case Friday, but that will not be unsealed until Monday, when al Bahlul is present in the courtroom at the Guantanamo Bay [read more]

11:11 EDT

[JURIST] The UN Human Rights Committee [official website] on Friday urged Japan to take steps to abolish the death penalty [BBC backgrounder], reiterating its concern that the number of crimes punished by death in Japan has not been reduced and that the number of executions has steadily increased. In concluding [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch [official profile] announced Friday that Libya has made its final deposit [briefing transcript] to a $1.5 billion fund for US terrorism victims. Under a US-Libya agreement [JURIST report] concluded in August, President George W. Bush subsequently issued an Executive Order [text] restoring [read more]

10:11 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Defense (DOD) [official website] on Friday announced [press release] the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees. One detainee was transferred to Tajikistan and one to Kazakhstan. DOD hailed the move as proof of the effectiveness of its review processes and of US [read more]

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