Friday, May 21, 2010

BREAKING: Detainees in Afghanistan Refused Petition of US Courts

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The New York Times
Fri, May 21, 2010 -- 11:35 AM ET

Judges Rule that Detainees at Base in Afghanistan Cannot Petition U.S. Courts for Release

A federal appeals court said on Friday that the civilian courts do not have authority to hear the cases of three detainees imprisoned at Bagram Air Force Base in Afghanistan.

The detainees had petitioned the courts seeking to be freed.

The jurisdiction of the U.S. courts does not extend to foreigners held in the Bagram facility in the Afghan theater of war, three appeals court judges said in a unanimous
decision. The appeals judges said a U.S. district judges hould have thrown out the detainees' petitions.

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