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Legal news from Saturday, October 5, 2013
by Matthew Pomy

On Friday, Judge Royce Lamberth for the US District Court for the District of Columbia ordered the release of Guantanamo Bay prisoner Ibrahim Idris, who suffers from a severe mental illness. Idris, originally from Sudan, was sent to Guantanamo more than 11 years ago after being captured with other Al Qaeda fighters trying …

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by Matthew Pomy

US President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a bill [H.R. 3233 text] that grants special immigration status to Iraqis who have aided US forces. The original bill allowing Iraqis to apply for this status expired last week, but passage of H.R. 3233 extends the time of application to the first three months of fiscal year …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

The Netherlands filed a complaint against Russia on Friday in the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea alleging that the country has unlawfully detained Greenpeace activists it apprehended from a Dutch-registered ship. Specifically, the Netherlands have challenged the manner in which the ship was apprehended and asked for the release …

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by Julie Deisher-Edwards

Provincial police in eastern Afghanistan reported that at least five civilians were killed Friday night in a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) airstrike near Jalalabad. NATO spokesman Lt. Col. William Griffin confirmed that Afghan and Coalition forces carried out a precision strike in Behsud district of Nangarhar province, but stated that it was a response …

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