Legal news from Friday, February 4, 2011

[JURIST] The Cuban Roman Catholic Church [official website] announced Friday that Cuban officials have agreed to release two more political prisoners. The agreement includes allowing Angel Moya to stay in Cuba [VOA report] and Guido Sigler to go to the US. Moya is only the second prisoner [Reuters report] authorities … [read more]

[JURIST] A three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit [official website] on Friday voted 2-1 to uphold the conviction [opinion, PDF] of a Florida doctor who offered to treat injured al Qaeda [JURIST news archive] fighters so they could return to fighting Americans in Iraq. … [read more]

[JURIST] The US Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit [official website] on Thursday revived [opinion, PDF] a lawsuit against Drummond Company [corporate website] 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 § … [read more]

[JURIST] 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 [BBC backgrounder; JURIST news archive] as a suicide bomber. Geele was convicted [Copenhagen Post report] on … [read more]

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] on Thursday used the death of a Guantanamo [JURIST news archive] detainee to highlight what it claims are problems with the detention system [press release] currently used by the US for dealing with suspected terrorists. The detainee, Awal Gul, had been … [read more]

[JURIST] UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay [official website] on Friday called on Egyptian authorities to immediately release lawyers, journalists and human rights activists [official statement] who have been arrested and for the government to investigate whether the violence against protesters [JURIST report] has been planned. Pillay condemned … [read more]

[JURIST] A judge for the US District Court for the Eastern District of Louisiana [official website] on Wednesday found [order] the US Department of Interior (DOI) [official website] in contempt and ordered the department to pay attorney's fees for Hornbeck Offshore Services [corporate website] and several other drilling companies challenging … [read more]

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