Germany releases Ahmed Mansour

German authorities have released Al Jazeera journalist Ahmed Mansour, who had been detained at Berlin airport at the request of the Egyptian government. Mansour’s lawyers, who told Al Jazeera of the German decision, were expected to meet him following his release on Monday. Earlier reports had said a court in[…]

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Bassiouni: A Selfless man jailed with little hope

OPINION by Dr Aayesha J Soni – The case of the well respected leader, teacher, dedicated humanitarian and South African citizen- Sheikh Abdul Salam Jad Bassiouni, has been in the mainstream media recently. When such a well-known and widely loved public figure such as Bassiouni is arbitrarily held in one[…]

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Bassiouni’s son speaks out

The son of jailed Egyptian-born scholar, Sheikh Abdul Salam Jad Bassiouni has expressed concern over the treatment of his father, who has been held in a Cairo prison without charge since December. Bassiouni, who lives in and currently holds a South African passport, was arrested upon his arrive at the[…]

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Malaysia revives detention without trial

Malaysia’s parliament has passed an anti-terrorism bill that reintroduces detention without trial, three years after it was revoked by Prime Minister Najib Razak. Opposition members of parliament proposed several amendments to the legislation, under which individuals can be detained for up to two years with two-year extensions thereafter, but it[…]

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PLO committee slams detention of Khalida Jarrar

The Palestinian Higher National Committee has lashed out against the “arbitrary decision” by Israeli military courts on Sunday to sentence Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) member Khalida Jarrar to six months’ administrative detention. In a statement released Tuesday, the PLO committee tasked with following developments at the International Criminal Court said[…]

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De Kock still detained: report

Eugene de Kock is out of jail but has apparently been secretly handed over to security forces for detention against his will, The Star reported on Friday. His lawyer is planning to use a writ of habeus corpus, which is a demand to the authorities to produce a missing person[…]

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Chilling methods used in CIA torture sessions

Sleep deprivation for over a week, beatings, shackling, and waterboarding — a litany of the cruel methods used by the Bush-era CIA to interrogate Al-Qaeda terror suspects was exposed Tuesday. The shocking report released by the US Senate found that the techniques employed by the Central Intelligence Agency were “far more[…]

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