Federal Judge Orders Release of Tortured Gitmo Detainee
U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson today ordered the release of Guanatanamo detainee Mohamedou Slahi,who has been held without charges since 2002.
The order is classified and has not been released. Prior investigations into Slahi's detention showed he had been subjected to severe abuse.
Those probes found Slahi had been subjected to sleep deprivation, exposed to extremes of heat and cold, moved around the base blindfolded, and at one point taken into the bay on a boat and threatened with death. Investigators also found interrogators had told him they would arrest his mother and have her jailed as the only female detainee at Guantánamo if he did not cooperate.
His abuse was so bad the military prosecutor in his case resigned. His lawyer, Nancy Hollander, says:
"He's been incarcerated, tortured and interrogated and rendered illegally," said attorney Nancy Hollander of Albuquerque, N.M., who represents Slahi free of charge. "After almost 10 years the government has not been able to meet the minimal burden to detain him that's required under habeas. He should be free."
Slahi is the 34th detainee ordered released by a federal court.[More...]
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