U.S. to Set Gitmo Inmate Free in a Case Called an ‘Outrage’
Posted on Jul 29, 2009
Although a judge had called the case “an outrage” that was “riddled with holes,” just last week the government said it would continue to try to prosecute Mohammed Jawad, a Guantanamo detainee whose “confession” was reportedly obtained through torture. Now the administration plans to free Jawad and return him to Afghanistan.
In October 2008, a military judge ruled the confession inadmissible and on 16 July, Judge [Ellen Segal] Huvelle described the US government’s case against Mr Jawad as “an outrage” that was “riddled with holes”.
On Friday US authorities said they no longer considered him to be a military prisoner.
But they also said that they intended to construct a criminal case against Mr Jawad, and that he should remain in detention while they did so.
The administration’s U-turn means that Mr Jawad will now be sent back home to Afghanistan.
U.S. Navy / Shane T. McCoy