Judge orders another Guantanamo detainee freed

WASHINGTON — A federal judge here has ordered the release of a Yemeni prisoner who’s been held at the Guantanamo detention center since January 2002.

U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy, Jr., issued the order late Wednesday, telling the Obama administration to “take all necessary and appropriate diplomatic steps” to free Uthman Abdul Rahim Mohammed Uthman. Kennedy ordered the administration to report back on its progress April 1.

The order brings to 33 the number of people ordered freed under the Supreme Court’s ruling that Guantanamo detainees have the right to challenge their imprisonment in U.S. courts through a habeas corpus petition. Judges have authorized the continued detention of 11 prisoners in habeas cases.

Read more: McClatchey


February 25, 2010 - Posted by | 398 |

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