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Release of One of Youngest at Gitmo Is Ordered

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Posted on Jul 30, 2009
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Here’s an update in the case of Mohammed Jawad: On Thursday the Afghan, one of the youngest detainees at Guantanamo Bay, was ordered released. He has been held there since 2002 and reportedly has been tortured. 

While the U.S. dithers on his status, the same judge who earlier called Jawad’s case an “outrage” issued the release order.

The prisoner was accused of throwing a grenade that injured two GIs and their interpreter.

BBC:

A US judge has ordered the release of one of the youngest detainees at the US detention centre in Guantanamo Bay.

US District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle said Mohammed Jawad would be released by late August. If so, he is expected to return home.

But government lawyers say they have not yet decided whether to pursue a criminal case against him.

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By ChaoticGood, July 31, 2009 at 10:34 am Link to this comment

America has set up a Gulag and it must be destroyed immediately.  All political prisoners must be freed and repatriated.

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By DBM, July 31, 2009 at 12:27 am Link to this comment

I understand that the U.S. has problems with extradition from Europe and other friendly countries.  It seems that the Europeans have laws prohibiting co-operation on extradition to countries which
a) have the death penalty,
b) torture or
c) treat minors as adults.

Hmmm ... 3 Human Rights strikes.  How the mighty have fallen (on their own swords—to mix a metaphor).

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By Folktruther, July 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm Link to this comment

DBM is quite right. Barbaric.  And the US has 2000 prisoners serving life sentences whose crimes were committed when juveniles, some as young as twelve.  The US public concern about human rights to is largely to cover up its own despotism.

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By DBM, July 30, 2009 at 10:09 pm Link to this comment

Just another American atrocity.

... and don’t call it a “Bush administration atrocity” until the current government investigates and, where appropriate, prosecutes.

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