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Thursday, July 30, 2009

Court Orders Mohammed Jawad, "Held Illegally," Freed from Guantanamo

A US judge has ordered the release of a person detained at the naval prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, after declaring that he is being held illegally.

Judge Ellen Huvelle on Thursday granted a "writ of habeas corpus" concerning Mohammed Jawad, whose lawyers say he was 12 years old when arrested in Afghanistan in 2002.

She gave the US government until August 24 to complete a report to congress about any national security risks that Jawad may present, as well as to finalise diplomatic arrangements for his release.

Ian Gershengorn, the US deputy assistant attorney general, told the judge that the US will negotiate with the government in Kabul with a view to sending Jawad to his home country.

link: Al Jazeera English - Americas - US orders Guantanamo inmate freed


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