Judge Halts Gitmo Transfer Back Home to Torture

First ruling of its kind in favor of detainee
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2007 3:24 AM CDT
A detainee is moved by military guards at the detention center at Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba in this May 1, 2007 file photo. Critics have long complained that military panels at Guantanamo Bay recommend...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – In the first ruling of its kind, a federal judge has blocked plans by US officials to send a Guantanamo Bay terror suspect back home to risk torture and even death in a Tunisian prison. The order by a DC judge presents a major roadblock to the Bush administration's plans to ship hundreds of Gitmo detainees home.

The US has "now been told it cannot bury its Guantanamo mistakes in Third World prisons," said the suspect's attorney. The US has already transferred 445 detainees to other countries. American officials say they regularly receive assurances from foreign authorities that the detainees will not be ill-treated. About 330 detainees remain at Guantanamo. (Read more Guantanamo Bay stories.)