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Canada: Superior Court finds anti-terrorism legislation unconstitutional

On 24 October, the Ontario Superior Court held that the definition of “terrorist activity” in the 2001 Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) violated freedoms of religion, expression and association guaranteed under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The Court struck down the part of the definition that required a political, religious, or ideological objective or cause. […]

USA: Lawyer imprisoned for providing material support to terrorist

On 16 October, Lynne Stewart, a civil rights lawyer, was sentenced to 28-months imprisonment for conspiracy and providing material support to terrorists. She was found guilty for enabling Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman, her client convicted for conspiracy to commit a terrorist attack, to remain in contact with his co-conspirators. Prosecutors had sought the maximum sentence […]

USA: US citizen indicted on charges of treason and material support to terrorism

On 11 October, Adam Gadahn, a US citizen, was indicted on charges of treason and providing material support to a foreign terrorist organization for making a series of propaganda videotapes for al-Qaeda. They are the first treason charges to be brought against a US citizen in more than 50 years.

USA: Broad powers to designate terrorist groups or individuals ruled unconstitutional

On 28 November, a district court ruled that parts of the Executive Order authorizing the freezing of assets of suspected terrorists and terrorist organizations, were vague and therefore unconstitutional. The Order, issued by the President in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, gave the President broad authority to designate organizations and individuals as terrorist […]

USA/Germany: Complaint filed against former Defence Secretary Rumsfeld for war crimes

On 14 November, several human rights organizations filed a criminal complaint in a German Court on behalf of eleven Iraqis held at Abu-Ghraib and one Afghan detainee held at Guantánamo Bay. The organizations request the German Federal Prosecutor to open an investigation into former Secretary Rumsfeld and other high-ranking US officials for authorizing torture and […]

USA: Military Commissions Act enters into force

On 17 October, President Bush signed into law the Military Commissions Act (MCA), which authorizes trials of terrorist suspects by military commissions. The MCA also contains provisions that impose severe restrictions on terrorist suspects’ rights to challenge any aspect of detention, transfer, treatment, trial or conditions of confinement before US courts. On the basis of […]