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Issue No. 2458

Former Black Panther’s release delayed

Albert Woodfox, the only one of the Angola Three still in prison, has had his release blocked again. 

The US federal court ordered the former Black Panther’s immediate release last week. It also insisted that the Louisiana state could not try him for a third time over the murder of a prison guard in 1972.

But the state attorney general has insisted that Albert stays in prison until the state can appeal.

The three prisoners always said they were targeted for their political activities inside the notorious Angola prison.

Guantanamo Bay detainees let out

Six detainees held in the US prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba were released to Oman on Friday of last week. They were cleared for release in 2010.

An appeal court also overturned detainee Ali Hamza al-Bahlul’s conviction. All such convictions by Guantanamo’s war crimes tribunals have been overturned on appeal.

Over 100 prisoners still remain. They include British resident Shaker Aamer, who has been held by the US for 13 years. 

Israel finds itself not guilty in Gaza

The Israeli state released a report on Sunday of last week finding itself innocent of war crimes during its assault on the Gaza strip last summer.

And the Israeli military said it was not to blame for the deaths of four children killed by its shelling of a beach.

More than 2,000 Palestinians were killed during the assault last year—the vast majority of them civilians.

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Tue 16 Jun 2015, 16:36 BST
Issue No. 2458
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