2 Dozen Gitmo Prisoners Win Court Cases

All but 3 who got hearings were found wrongfully detained
By Jason Farago,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 19, 2009 4:26 AM CST
2 Dozen Gitmo Prisoners Win Court Cases
A US flag flies above a razor-wire-topped fence at the Camp Six detention facility on the US Naval Base in Guantanamo Bay last month.   (AP Photo/Mandel Ngan, Pool)

(Newser) – At least 24 detainees at Guantanamo Bay have won cases in federal court or military tribunals voiding their detention in the last 3 months. While the Bush administration has insisted that the prisoners who remain at Gitmo are "the worst of the worst," there was apparently no legal reason to detain nearly 10% of them. The timing of the decisions puts yet more pressure on the Obama administration to review all Guantanamo cases, reports the New York Times.

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Since the Supreme Court ruled in Boumediene v. Bush that detainees have a right to habeas corpus, the government has lost almost every case brought before a judge or a tribunal. Last week the Bush administration repatriated an Afghan detainee who was held at Gitmo for 6 years, despite having fought the Taliban and supported the American-backed government in Afghanistan. He had been named as a terrorist, the Times notes, by Taliban collaborators who wanted his job and his car. His brother, who fought for his release, noted that he has a wife and children, including one son "who has never seen his father."
(Read more Guantanamo Bay stories.)

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