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United Kingdom: Bill to Extend Pre-Charge Detention of Terrorists Challenged

(Apr. 2, 2008) A counter-terrorism bill that would extend from 28 days to 42 the period that suspected terrorists can be detained without charge is currently before the Parliament of the United Kingdom. The government's recently established Equality and Human Rights Commission has indicated that it will launch a legal challenge to the provisions of […]

Austria: Terrorism Trial

(Mar. 2, 2008) On March 3, 2008, the trial of two suspected terrorists began in the Regional Court of Vienna. The accused were spouses who were Austrian citizens of Arab ethnicity, and they were charged with aiding and abetting al Qaeda. The accused woman appeared in court dressed in a "burqa" that hid her face […]

Kuwait: Cabinet Condemns Mourning of Mughniyah

(Mar. 2, 2008) In its meeting on February 18, 2008, the Kuwaiti Council of Ministers condemned the eulogizing in one of the local Shiite religious places of gathering (Husseiniya) of Imad Mughniyah, a military leader of Hizbullah, in a ceremony attended by two Kuwaiti Members of Parliament. After the meeting, the State Minister for the […]

Lebanon: New Charges Against Shaker al-Absi

(Mar. 2, 2008) The General Prosecutor in Lebanon has filed charges seeking the death penalty against the leader of Fath al-Islam, Shaker al-Absi, and three others for their role in a bombing last year that resulted in the deaths of three persons. Al-Absi had been sentenced to death in absentia in Jordan in 2002 for […]

United Kingdom: Extradition Order to U.S. Signed for Muslim Cleric

(Mar. 2, 2008) The Home Secretary of the United Kingdom has signed an extradition order to the United States for controversial Muslim Cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri, where he is expected to face terrorism- related charges. Hamza al-Masri is currently in prison in the UK serving a seven-year term for inciting murder and preaching racial hatred. […]

Yemen: Court Releases Militants Convicted in Plot Against US Ambassador

(Feb. 2, 2008) On Monday January 14, 2008, an appeals court in Yemen ordered the release of Hezam Ali Hassan and Khaled Saleh, after they had served more than three years in prison for attempting to kill the former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, Edmund Hall. In March 2006, the two men were sentenced to five […]

Egypt: Military Court Dismisses Terrorism Charges

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 16, 2007, the High Military Court in Egypt, in a surprise move, dismissed the terrorism and money-laundering charges against 40 of the Muslim Brotherhood leaders who were arrested a year ago on these charges. The Court let stand a lesser charge of joining a banned organization. (The High Military Court […]

Germany: Terrorism

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 5, 2007, the Higher Regional Court (Oberlandesgericht) of Düsseldorf convicted a citizen of Syria and two nationals of Palestine of membership in a terrorist organization and attempted insurance fraud (unpublished trial court decision, as related in Hohe Haftstrafen für Terrorunterstützer in Düsseldorf, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, Dec. 6, 2007, at 1). […]

Lebanon: Verdict in German Train Bombings

(Jan. 2, 2008) On December 18, 2007, the felonies court in Beirut, Lebanon, issued a verdict in the case brought against five men accused of attempting to bomb German trains in 2006. Yousef al-Haj Deeb, held in Germany, was convicted and sentenced to hard labor for life; Jihad hamad, held in Lebanon, was convicted and […]

New Zealand: Proposal to Amend Terrorism Suppression Bill

(Dec. 2, 2007) A bill to amend the Terrorism Suppression Amendment Act has been introduced in the New Zealand Parliament. The Terrorism Suppression Amendment Bill 2007 will ensure compliance with international obligations and improve workability. The bill provides for: ensuring New Zealand's compliance with United Nations Resolution 1267 by automatically designating U.N.-nominated entities as terrorist […]