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Saturday, July 25, 2009

Incomprehensible Gitmo Case: 12-Year-Old Tortured

A U.S. district court judge expressed “outrage” over the Justice Department’s admission that it does not have enough evidence to continue the detention of a teenager as an “enemy combatant” in Guantanamo Bay.

Judge Ellen Segal Huvelle said in a ruling Friday that the case against Mohammed Jawad is “gutted” because Jawad allegedly confessed under torture by Afghan officials that he had thrown a grenade at U.S. troops, according to a report by McClatchy Newspapers. Jawad was just 12 at the time, according to his lawyers, though the Pentagon says he was 16 or 17.

“Without his statements, I don’t understand your case,” the judge said, according to reporter Marisa Taylor. “Sir, the facts can only get smaller, not bigger. . . . Face it, this case is in trouble. . . . Seven years and this case is riddled with holes.”

“She then urged the lawyers to ‘let him out. Send him back to Afghanistan,’” the article continued.

link: Raw Story » US judge: Case against Gitmo inmate is ‘gutted’ over tortured ‘confession’


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