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15:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] on Monday released a much anticipated 2004 Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] inspector general report [text, PDF] detailing controversial interrogation techniques used on terror detainees. According to the report, interrogators threatened suspects' family members and conducted mock executions. The report [read more]

15:08 EDT

[JURIST] A presidential special task force on interrogations and transfer policies issued its recommendations [press release] 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 [text; JURIST report], in January recommended that the US [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] announced [press release] Monday that Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee Mohammed Jawad [ACLU materials; JURIST news archive] has been repatriated to Afghanistan. Co-counsel for Jawad, US Air Force Major Frakt, hailed [press release] his client's release as a victory for [read more]

14:08 EDT

[JURIST] US Attorney General Eric Holder [official profile] announced [press release] Monday that the Department of Justice (DOJ) [official website] will "open a preliminary review" into allegations of prisoner abuse by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) [official website] interrogators during the Bush administration. Holder's decision follows a recommendation by the Office [read more]

13:08 EDT

[JURIST] Scottish Justice Minister Kennny MacAskill [official profile] defended [statement] his order to release [JURIST report] to Libya convicted Pan Am Flight 103 [BBC backgrounder] bomber Abdelbaset Ali Mohmed Al Megrahi [BBC profile] in front of an emergency session [audio] of the Scottish Parliament Monday. MacAskill faced criticism from several [read more]

11:08 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [JURIST reports] last week with tax evasion. He was accused of failing to pay taxes [NYT report] on a $100,000 grant [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] The US military [official website] will now be notifying the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) [official website] of the identities of suspected terrorist militants held in special operations camps in Iraq and Afghanistan, according to a New York Times report [text]. In a reversal of past Pentagon [read more]

10:08 EDT

[JURIST] 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 [AFP report] in the Intermediate People's Court in Urumqi, the capital of the primarily Muslim region. The defendants will [read more]

09:08 EDT

[JURIST] Afghan opposition candidate Abdullah Abdullah [BBC profile] on Sunday alleged widespread voter fraud in last Thursday's presidential election. Abdullah said his campaign has filed more than 100 complaints [Washington Post report] with the Electoral Complaints Commission (ECC) [official website] alleging ballot stuffing, inflated vote counts, and intimidation at the [read more]

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