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Legal news from Saturday, November 1, 2008
by Andrew Gilmore

The jury in the US military commission trial of alleged al Qaeda media director Ali Hamza Ahmad Suliman al Bahlul 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 prison. Al Bahlul, a 39-year old Yemeni …

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by Michael Sung

The UN Human Rights Committee on Friday urged Japan to take steps to abolish the death penalty, 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 observations at its 94th Session in Geneva [materials; …

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by Michael Sung

US Assistant Secretary of State David Welch announced Friday that Libya has made its final deposit to a $1.5 billion fund for US terrorism victims. Under a US-Libya agreement concluded in August, President George W. Bush subsequently issued an Executive Order restoring the immunities of Libya and Libyan officials before US courts …

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by Michael Sung

The US Department of Defense (DOD) on Friday announced the transfer of two Guantanamo Bay 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 desire not to hold detainees any longer than necessary. The …

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