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Legal news from Friday, February 4, 2011
by John Paul Putney

The Cuban Roman Catholic Church announced Friday that Cuban officials have agreed to release two more political prisoners. The agreement includes allowing Angel Moya to stay in Cuba and Guido Sigler to go to the US. Moya is only the second prisoner authorities have allowed to remain in Cuba. So far, most have …

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by Drew Singer

A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit on Friday voted 2-1 to uphold the conviction of a Florida doctor who offered to treat injured al Qaeda fighters so they could return to fighting Americans in Iraq. Petitioner Dr. Rafik Sabir argued that 18 USC § 2339B …

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by Dwyer Arce

The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit on Thursday revived a lawsuit against Drummond Company alleging that the company hired Colombian paramilitaries to assassinate plaintiffs' fathers. The plaintiffs brought suit against Drummond under the Alien Torts Statute (ATS) [28 USC § 1350], the Torture Victim Protection Act of 1991 (TVPA), …

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by LaToya Sawyer

A Danish court on Friday sentenced Somali Islamist Muhideen Mohammed Geelle to nine years in prison for his 2010 attack on Kurt Westergaard, illustrator of the controversial 2005 cartoon depicting the Prophet Muhammad as a suicide bomber. Geele was convicted on Thursday on charges of attempted murder and terrorism for breaking …

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by Brian Jackson

The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) on Thursday used the death of a Guantanamo detainee to highlight what it claims are problems with the detention system currently used by the US for dealing with suspected terrorists. The detainee, Awal Gul, had been at the Guantanamo Bay detention center since October 2002, suspected …

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by Andrea Bottorff

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay on Friday called on Egyptian authorities to immediately release lawyers, journalists and human rights activists who have been arrested and for the government to investigate whether the violence against protesters has been planned. Pillay condemned Thursday's arrest of 20 activists and lawyers …

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by Carrie Schimizzi

A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana on Wednesday found the US Department of Interior (DOI) in contempt and ordered the department to pay attorney's fees for Hornbeck Offshore Services and several other drilling companies challenging the government's latest moratorium on offshore drilling. Judge …

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