The BBC and other news sources are reporting that Guantanamo Bay detainee David Hicks has pleaded guilty to providing material support for terrorism.Â He is the first person to be tried under the United States’ new tribunal procedures.Â Once a plea deal is reached, Hicks will serve the remainder of his sentence in Australia.
On March 12, the Seventh Circuit ruled that Article 36 of the Vienna Convention grants private rights to aliens who are in the United States from countries party to the Convention.Â The opinion noted that, unlike the Fifth and Sixth Circuits, the Seventh Circuit does not regard the Convention’s Preamble asÂ capable of creating ambiguity in the otherwise plain language of the article.Â The case is Jogi v. Voges, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 5713.
U.S. District Judge Robert G. Doumar has ruled that Sudan is legally responsible for the 2000 bombing of the USS Cole. He indicated that a written opinion, including damages, will be forthcoming. The lawsuit was brought by relatives of sailors who died as a result of the bombing.
Coverage from the Washington Post is here.
In 2006, the Eastern District of Virginia dismissed a civil action that had been brought by Khaled El-Masri, a German citizen of Lebanese descent, against a group of defendants that included former CIA director George Tenet, as well as various corporate defendants. El-Masri contended that he had been detained and interrogated in violation of rights under the Constituion and international law. The district court found that the suit could not proceed, because it posed an unreasonable risk that privileged state secrets would be disclosed. On March 2, the Fourth Circuit affirmed that decision.
The case is El-Masri v. United States, 2007 U.S. App. LEXIS 4796.
After a federal district court issued a confirmation judgment of an international arbitratorâ€™s award under the United Nations Convention on the Recognition and Enforcement of Foreign Arbitral Awards, the Third Circuit denied a motion made under Article V of the Convention to adjourn enforcement of the award, and altered the judgment to more closely adhere to the initial arbitration award.
See Admart v. Birch, 2006 U.S. App. LEXIS 24460 (September 28, 2006).