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Legal news from Monday, August 24, 2009
by Jaclyn Belczyk

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) on Monday released a much anticipated 2004 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) inspector general report detailing controversial interrogation techniques used on terror detainees. According to the report, interrogators threatened suspects' family members and conducted mock executions. The report also details other controversial techniques such as waterboarding [JURIST news …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

A presidential special task force on interrogations and transfer policies issued its recommendations Monday calling on the Obama administration to create a specialized interrogation group to question top terrorist suspects. The task force, created by executive order 13491, in January recommended that the US create a joint panel, consisting of "experienced interrogators and support …

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by Bhargav Katikaneni

The US Department of Justice (DOJ) announced Monday that Guantanamo Bay detainee Mohammed Jawad has been repatriated to Afghanistan. Co-counsel for Jawad, US Air Force Major Frakt, hailed his client's release as a victory for justice:Mr. Jawad has finally returned home to celebrate Ramadan with …

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by Matt Glenn

US Attorney General Eric Holder announced Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will "open a preliminary review" into allegations of prisoner abuse by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) interrogators during the Bush administration. Holder's decision follows a recommendation by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR). Holder appointed Assistant US …

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by Matt Glenn

Scottish Justice Minister Kennny MacAskill defended his order to release to Libya convicted Pan Am Flight 103 bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi in front of an emergency session of the Scottish Parliament Monday. MacAskill faced criticism from several members of parliament, including the leaders of the Labour Party …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The Chinese government on Sunday released prominent human rights lawyer Xu Zhiyong on bail without any explanation. Xu was taken into custody last month and was formally charged last week with tax evasion. He was accused of failing to pay taxes on a $100,000 grant from Yale University earmarked for the legal research center of …

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by Safiya Boucaud

The US military will now be notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) of the identities of suspected terrorist militants held in special operations camps in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a New York Times report. In a reversal of past Pentagon policy, the ICRC will now have the ability to obtain …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

More than 200 people detained during last month's violent demonstrations in China's Xinjiang province will go on trial this week, Chinese state media reported Monday. The trials will take place in the Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi, the capital of the primarily Muslim region. The defendants will face charges ranging from vandalism to murder. Reports did not …

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by Jaclyn Belczyk

Afghan opposition candidate Abdullah Abdullah on Sunday alleged widespread voter fraud in last Thursday's presidential election. Abdullah said his campaign has filed more than 100 complaints with the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) alleging ballot stuffing, inflated vote counts, and intimidation at the polls by supporters of incumbent President Hamid Karzai [BBC profile; …

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