Call for Sami Al-Haj’s release from Guantanamo after lawyer provides new information

first_img Receive email alerts April 19, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Call for Sami Al-Haj’s release from Guantanamo after lawyer provides new information RSF_en to go further News Organisation Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about detained Sudanese cameraman Sami Al-Haj of the pan-Arab TV station Al-Jazeera and reiterated its call for his release in the absence of specific charges after speaking to his London-based lawyer Clive Stafford-Smith. Arrested by the Pakistani army on the Afghan border in December 2001, Al-Haj has been held at the US detention centre at Guantanamo Bay (Cuba) since 13 June 2002.“Aside from the fact that Guantanamo Bay is a legal and humanitarian scandal, the Americans seem to be holding Al-Haj simply because they have it in for Al-Jazeera,” the press freedom organisation said. “How else can you explain the fact that he has been held for four years without being charged while other journalists have been cleared and released in no time at all?”Reporters Without Borders added: “At the same time, his lawyer says he has throat cancer and is not getting appropriate treatment. The US authorities must release him, even if it is only on humanitarian grounds.”On his return from visits to Guantanamo Bay and Qatar (where Al-Jazeera has its headquarters), Stafford-Smith told a Reporters Without Borders representative in London on 11 April: “Sami is very depressed. He even spoke of suicide for the first time in my presence. Furthermore, he still needs treatment for his throat cancer which the US authorities refuse to give him. He also has trouble with a knee.”Stafford-Smith said Al-Haj was recently moved to Guantanamo Bay’s Camp 4 “for good conduct” but conditions there were still bad and anyway his stay in Camp 4 could be quite brief. “Supposedly there is a plan to transfer all the detainees to Camp 6, a high-security facility,” he said. “This would be a disaster for Sami because it would signify a deterioration in the conditions in which he is being held. The transfer could be in September.”He has not found out anything more about what Al-Haj is charged with, and he is still awaiting a response from the Administrative Review Board, which is supposed to examine the cases of the Guantanamo Bay detainees each year and above all determine whether they still pose “a threat to the security of the United States.”The situation is “nonsensical,” Stafford-Smith said, “because the ARB has no real legal competence and modifies its charges as it goes along, without any evidence.” The Combat Status Review Tribunal, which has a more senior status, ruled in March 2005 that Al-Haj was an “enemy combatant” on the grounds that he had allegedly run a website that supported terrorism, that he had trafficked in arms, that he entered Afghanistan illegally in October 2001 while US air strikes were under way, and that he interviewed Osama bin Laden. All these claims are disputed by Al-Jazeera (see our report on Guantanamo Bay and Camp Bucca in Iraq, “Where the United States imprisons journalists”).Furthermore, according to a report in the London-based Guardian newspaper on 26 September, the US authorities offered to free Al-Haj and give him a US passport if he agreed to spy for them inside Al-Jazeera.According to Stafford-Smith, there is still a complete lack of transparency, despite an official investigation into the Guantanamo Bay detention centre by the House of Representatives and a supreme court ruling in June 2004 that Guantanamo Bay detainees could file habeas corpus petitions challenging the legality of their detention.“There is no protocol or convention determining the relation between a defendant and his lawyer,” he said. “Guantanamo Bay is a place beyond the law, subject to the whim of the US authorities.” WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists News United StatesAmericas United StatesAmericas News News Follow the news on United States NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say Help by sharing this information Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out more Alleged without evidence to be an “enemy combatant,” Sami Al-Haj (photo) of the Qatar-based satellite TV station Al-Jazeera has been held since 13 June 2002 at the US military base at Guantanamo Bay. Reporters Without Borders reiterates its call for his release after talking with his lawyer, Clive Stafford-Smith. April 28, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

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Fitch Addresses PHH, Ocwen

first_img Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Previous: McCarthy & Holthus Responds to Supreme Court Foreclosure Ruling Next: Fannie Mae on What Could Derail Spring Homebuyers Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News, Secondary Market Tagged with: Fitch Ocwen PHH Ratings RMBS The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Fitch Ocwen PHH Ratings RMBS 2019-03-20 Seth Welborn Home / Daily Dose / Fitch Addresses PHH, Ocwen Subscribe March 20, 2019 3,292 Views About Author: Seth Welborn Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Fitch Ratings announced earlier this month that it does not expect to change any RMBS bond ratings in response to PHH Mortgage Corporation (PMC) assuming a mortgage sub-servicing role to Ocwen Loan Servicing (OLS). Earlier this year, Fitch also announced that the PMC merger with Homeward Residential would not impact RMBS ratings either.According to Fitch, Ocwen’s primary servicer ratings are currently ‘3-‘ with a Stable Outlook, while PMC’s primary servicer ratings are currently ‘3’ with a Stable Outlook. As of Dec. 31, 2018, Ocwen’s residential servicing portfolio consisted of approximately 1 million loans totaling $149 billion. This included approximately 785,000 loans totaling $114 billion in more than 2,800 non-agency RMBS transactions.Ocwen, along with Wells Fargo, was recently accused of exploiting homeowners during the financial crisis, and on Monday, a New York Federal Judge decided not to rule on the bids to toss out the proposed Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) class action suit.In March 2018, trustees of the United Food & Commercial Workers Union & Employers Midwest Pension Fund alleged that Ocwen had pushed homeowners into foreclosure during the financial crisis in 2007 and 2008, in order to profit off foreclosures, while Wells Fargo stood by instead of supervised.While the trustees have claimed that the conditions necessary to move forward with the ERISA claim, the judge stated that Ocwen and Wells Fargo had submitted evidence that suggested otherwise.U.S. District Judge Vernon S. Broderick tossed a number of the other dismissal arguments without prejudice to potentially be refiled after those motions were decided.”The [first amended complaint] also asserts that Ocwen ‘exercised sweeping, unchecked control of the management and disposition of securitized mortgages, and was a fiduciary under ERISA to the benefit plans that invested in those mortgages,'” the judge said. “Ocwen and Wells Fargo, however, have filed numerous exhibits in conjunction with their motions to dismiss, which cast considerable doubt on plaintiffs’ ability to support these allegations.”Find more from Fitch Ratings here. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles  Print This Post Sign up for DS News Daily Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Fitch Addresses PHH, Ocwen Share Save Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agolast_img read more

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