WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. judge sentenced a former member of a Colombian rebel group to 27 years in prison on Friday for his role in keeping three Americans hostage in the Colombian jungle in the mid-2000s.
While the man, Alexander Beltran Herrera, did not have much contact with the hostages, his unit kept them for around two years. Herrera had also been responsible for transporting them from one camp to another, forcing them to march for days even though one was injured, according to prosecutors.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A U.S. federal jury found three American former Blackwater guards guilty of manslaughter and weapons charges on Wednesday and a fourth of murder in connection with the 2007 killing of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.
The decision closes an emotional chapter in a case that outraged Iraqis, inflamed anti-American sentiment across the globe and touched off debate over the role of private security contractors working for the U.S. government in war zones.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – In a sweeping victory for the federal government, a U.S. jury on Wednesday found four former Blackwater guards guilty on nearly every count they faced in connection with the 2007 killings of 14 unarmed Iraqis at a Baghdad traffic circle.
The verdict comes more than seven years after the shooting incident that outraged Iraqis and inflamed anti-American sentiment around the world.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three teenage girls from Denver who had been missing since last week and were reported to be traveling to Turkey were picked up in Germany and sent back home, U.S. officials said on Tuesday.
Voice of America reported earlier this week that one of the girls told German authorities they were en route to Turkey, which has been considered a principal transit route for foreigners looking to fight with Islamic militants in Syria.
WASHINGTON, Oct 21 (Reuters) – The U.S. Justice Department
is restructuring its national security prosecution team to deal
with cyber attacks and the threat of sensitive technology ending
up in the wrong hands, as American business and government
agencies face more intrusions.
The revamp, led by Assistant Attorney General John Carlin,
also marks a recognition that national security threats have
broadened and become more technologically savvy since the 9/11
attacks against the United States.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Ahmed Abu Khatallah, a Libyan militant accused of participating in the September 2012 attack on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya, pleaded not guilty on Monday to 17 new charges related to the attack, including some that carry the death penalty.
Khatallah appeared at the brief hearing wearing a green prison jumpsuit with his hair trimmed but long beard intact. He did not speak, and his lawyer, public defender Michelle Peterson, entered the plea on his behalf.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The No. 2 official at the U.S. Department of Justice, Deputy Attorney General James Cole, plans to step down, the latest in a series of departures from top officials at the agency.
Cole’s exit, which the Justice Department announced on Thursday, will add to a growing list of confirmation battles over appointments the Obama administration faces in the coming months, including the top three positions at Justice. Attorney General Eric Holder announced last month that he intends to leave the administration.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. FBI Director James Comey on Thursday made his strongest comments yet about encryption features built into new cell phones by Google Inc and Apple Inc, warning they could hurt law enforcement efforts to crack homicide and child exploitation cases.
Speaking before an audience at the Brookings Institution think tank, Comey said the new phones, which limit the ability for the companies themselves to access data stored on the units, have “the potential to create a black hole for law enforcement.”
WASHINGTON, Oct 16 (Reuters) – Two former derivative traders
for Dutch lender Rabobank were charged on Thursday with
manipulating Libor, the latest actions from a U.S. investigation
into the setting of the benchmark interest rate that has
resulted in charges against nine individuals and $2 billion in
penalties against five banks.
Anthony Allen, who was Rabobank’s global head of liquidity
and finance and managed the bank’s money market desk in London,
was indicted by a federal grand jury in New York, the U.S.
Department of Justice said.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A former lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union will assume a top civil rights post at the U.S. Justice Department, taking control of a unit that is deep into investigations into the Ferguson, Missouri police department and battles over voting rights.
Vanita Gupta, who was the deputy legal director of the ACLU, will become the acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s civil division, the Justice Department said on Wednesday. The White House is also expected to nominate her to formally lead the unit, a person familiar with the discussions said.