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Pakistan court orders arrest of former CIA official over drone strike
June 6, 2014
The Islamabad High Court on Thursday ordered the arrest of former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) official Jonathan Banks for his involvement in a 2009 drone strike that killed civilians. Kareem Khan, whose brother and son were killed in the drone strike in Waziristan, had petitioned the court to....... [more]

Pentagon approves war crimes trial for al Qaeda leader
June 4, 2014
The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Monday approved the war crimes trial of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a former leader of al Qaeda's army between 2002 and 2004. The former CIA captive has been held at Guantanamo Bay since 2007. The official charge sheet alleges, among other things, that al-Hadi was a....... [more]

Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped US find Bin Laden quits
May 11, 2014
The lawyer for the Pakistani doctor who helped the US find Osama bin Laden said on Sunday that he would no longer represent him after receiving threats from militants. Lawyer Samiullah Khan Afridi told the Associated Press (AP) that he made the decision after he received a "final" warning from milit....... [more]

Iran court overturns death sentence for ex-Marine
April 13, 2014
An Iranian appeals court on Saturday overturned the death sentence of ex-Marine Amir Hekmati who was convicted of spying for the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in 2011. Saturday's ruling decreased Hekmati's sentence to 10 years in prison. Hekmati is a dual US-Iranian citizen who was arrested i....... [more]

Federal judge dismisses Yemen drone strike lawsuit
April 5, 2014
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia dismissed a lawsuit on Friday brought against officials of the Obama administration for the 2011 drone strikes that killed three US citizens in Yemen. The lawsuit was specifically brought against former defense secretary, Leon Panetta ....... [more]

Senate committee votes to release CIA 'torture' report
April 4, 2014
The US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence on Thursday voted 11-3 to submit to the White House to declassify and release a report on its findings about the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) use of torture. Last week, a group of advocacy groups sent President Barack Obama a letter urging him to d....... [more]

Italy high court upholds convictions of CIA agents in extraordinary rendition
March 12, 2014
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Tuesday upheld guilty verdicts against three US defendants in the 2003 extraordinary rendition kidnapping of an Egyptian terror suspect. The three Americans are CIA agents who participated in the kidnapping of terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan....... [more]

CIA inspector general asks DOJ to investigate overseas interrogation methods
March 6, 2014
The US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) office of the Inspector General has reportedly requested that the US Department of Justice (DOJ) investigate CIA conduct in secret detention programs that was the focus of an unreleased US Senate study. Individuals reported to McClatchy Newspapers that this r....... [more]

Italy high court overturns convictions in CIA rendition program
February 25, 2014
Italy's highest court, the Court of Cassation, on Monday dismissed the convictions of five Italian agents related to the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) abduction and extraordinary rendition of Egyptian cleric and terror suspect Osama Moustafa Hassan Nasr. The five agents included the former....... [more]

Rights group welcomes Lithuania ruling allowing secret prison investigation
January 30, 2014
Amnesty International (AI) on Wednesday applauded the Lithuanian Vilnius Regional Court ruling that Saudi Arabian national Mustafa al-Hawsawi has a right to investigate his alleged torture in a secret Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) detention center. AI called the decision a victory for accountabi....... [more]

Poland to investigate alleged CIA secret prison following new developments
January 24, 2014
Prosecutors investigating allegations of a CIA secret prison in a Polish forest announced on Friday that they will be looking further into recent developments surrounding the so-called "black site." According to the Washington Post, two senior CIA officials were seen delivering cardboard boxes conta....... [more]




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