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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of Syria and two nationals of Palestine of membership in a terrorist organization and attempted insurance fraud (unpublished trial court decision, as related in Hohe Haftstrafen für Terrorunterstützer in Düsseldorf, FRANKFURTER ALLGEMEINE ZEITUNG, Dec. 6, 2007, at 1).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 […]

United Kingdom: Court Approves Extradition of Muslim Cleric

(Dec. 2, 2007) Abu Hamza al-Masri is currently serving a seven-year term in the United Kingdom on terror-related charges. Known as a radical Muslim cleric, he was convicted of urging his followers to kill Jews and other non-Muslims. He now faces charges in the United States for attempting to establish terrorist training camps in Oregon, […]

United Kingdom: First Woman Convicted Under Terrorism Act

(Dec. 2, 2007) Samina Malik, a female employee of the bookstore WH Smith at Heathrow Airport, is the first woman to have been convicted in the United Kingdom under the Terrorism Act. She has been found guilty of keeping terrorist manuals, specifically, articles "likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act […]

Yemen: Court Convicts Al-Qaeda Members

(Dec. 2, 2007) A Yemeni court with national security and terrorist jurisdiction convicted 34 suspects of membership in al-Qaeda and of planning to blow up oil installations in the provinces of Mareb and Hadramout during the month of September 2006. It sentenced them to prison terms of up to 15 years. (Yemen: 32 Convicted of […]

Canada: Canadian Government Introduces New Security Certificates Bill

(Nov. 2, 2007) In the case of Charkaoui v. Canada (Citizenship and Immigration), the Supreme Court of Canada ruled that aspects of Canada's law allowing for the detention of suspected foreign terrorists under "security certificates" were unconstitutional (2007 S.C.R. 350). However, the Supreme Court gave the government one year from February 2007 to rewrite the […]