Appeals Court Reverses Detainee's Classification as Enemy Combatant
Huzaifa Parhat is a Chinese Muslim, one of many Uighurs held at Guantanamo. (Background here.)
Parhat and the other Uighurs from Western China have been at Gitmo since 2002. In 2004, the Bush Administration acknowledged most were innocent of wrongdoing but insisted that because they could not go back to China without fear of persecution, and since no other country would take them, it had the right to continue to detain them.
Parhat was one of the Uighurs that the Pentagon refused to release. Friday, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled he is not an enemy combatant and may seek his freedom.
Parhat is the first detainee to have his "enemy combatant" designation overturned. [More...]
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