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1 Judge releases Guantanmo detainee on Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:33 pm


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Judge orders Guantanamo detainee freed
Disagrees with government's claim, says man was a captive of the Taliban

updated 2:13 p.m. PT, Mon., June 22, 2009

WASHINGTON - A U.S. judge has ordered a detainee at Guantanamo Bay to be released, saying the man was a captive, not a follower, of the Taliban.

U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon disagreed with the government's claims against Abd Al Rahim Abdul Rassak. Leon said the Syrian man had spent 18 months in a Taliban prison after being tortured by al-Qaida.

Prosecutors had argued that Rassak had a pre-existing relationship with al-Qaida that was still in effect even after it had abused and imprisoned him.

In a written ruling Monday, Leon criticized U.S. officials for taking what he called "a position that defies common sense." He ordered the government to take all diplomatic steps necessary to release Rassak, who now goes by the name Janko.

2 Re: Judge releases Guantanmo detainee on Mon Jun 22, 2009 9:59 pm


Guess he will be applying for welfare in the US next week.

3 Re: Judge releases Guantanmo detainee on Mon Jun 22, 2009 11:04 pm


maybe he will not be released in the states.maybe he will be returned to syria

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