December 6, 2005
by Brandon Smith
Defense lawyers for German citizen Ladislav Niznansky, the 88-year-old former Slovak Nazi commander accused of wartime massacres, demanded Tuesday that their client be acquitted and given compensation for his time in prison, saying there was no evidence showing his guilt. Niznansky was convicted ...[read more]
December 6, 2005
by Brandon Smith
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) filed a lawsuit against former CIA Director George Tenet and other CIA officials Tuesday on behalf of Khaled el-Masri, a German man who claims he was wrongfully imprisoned in 2003. The complaint alleges that Masri was a victim of the CIA's extraordinary... ...[read more]
December 5, 2005
by Brandon Smith
The trial of Vladimir Arutunyan, the Georgian man who attempted to assassinate US President George W. Bush with a grenade when Bush was visiting the former Soviet state earlier this year, began Monday. Arutunyan is accused of throwing a grenade at Bush while the president was addressing a crowd ...[read more]
December 5, 2005
by Brandon Smith
Following a brief recess prompted by a defense team walkout and an emotional outburst from Saddam Hussein, the trial of the former Iraqi dictator and seven co-defendants resumed Monday afternoon with the testimony of Ahmed Hassan Mohammed, an eyewitness to the 1982 Dujail torture and murders for ...[read more]
November 29, 2005
by Brandon Smith
Syria's Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Tuesday called for evidence implicating Syrians in the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri to be scrutinized in the wake of an admission by Syrian witness, Hosam Taher Hosam, that he testified falsely to the UN committee investig... ...[read more]
November 29, 2005
by Brandon Smith
France's National Assembly on Tuesday voted 373-27 in favor of a new anti-terrorism bill that will increase the use of video surveillance and allow police more time to question terror suspects. The proposal, which still needs to clear a Senate vote in January before becoming law, will also leng... ...[read more]
November 28, 2005
by Brandon Smith
Afghanistan's government said Monday that it believed the US military's punishment for four American soldiers who burned the bodies of two Taliban rebels was very lenient. The US military said Saturday that the soldiers, who were caught on camera, would face disciplinary action b... ...[read more]
November 28, 2005
by Brandon Smith
Hosam Taher Hosam, a Syrian witness who told the UN committee investigating the death of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik Hariri that Syrian and Lebanese officials had a hand in the February 14 assassination said Monday that his testimony was false and that he was bribed by Hariri's son. Hos... ...[read more]
November 22, 2005
by Brandon Smith
Following the latest delay in the Slobodan Milosevic war crimes trial, the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY)) said Tuesday that it has ordered a hearing on November 29 to hear arguments on splitting the trial. The ICTY asked the prosecution and defense to prepare ...[read more]
November 22, 2005
by Brandon Smith
Iraq Interior Minister Bayan Jabr has again denied that he controls death squads targeting Iraq's Sunni minority and ordered the torture of detainees in a secret prison. In a New York Times interview reported Tuesday, he dismissed the story of the secret prison, saying, It's nonsense... ...[read more]

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