Judge Orders Youngest Gitmo Prisoner Freed

Chadian citizen, 21, has been held at camp since he was 14
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2009 4:31 AM CST
Soldiers patrol the perimeter of the Camp Delta detention compound, which has housed foreign prisoners since 2002, at Guantanamo Bay.   (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, Pool)
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(Newser) – A judge has ordered the military to release the youngest prisoner ever sent to Guantanamo Bay, reports CNN. The judge ruled that Mohammad el-Gharani, sent to the detention center in 2002 at the age of 14, was not an enemy combatant. El-Gharani's lawyer said his client, a citizen of Chad, was accused of working as an al-Qaeda courier from the age of 11 and fighting in Afghanistan. It's not known when el-Gharani will be freed—or where he will be sent.