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.

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