USA: Judge orders release of detainee held in Guantánamo as child ‘enemy combatant’

On 14 January 2009, Judge Richard Leon ordered the release from Guantánamo Bay of Mohammed el Gharani, who has been held there as a so-called “enemy combatant” since he was reportedly 14 years old. The USA should comply with Judge Leon’s order, and immediately release Mohammed el-Gharani to Saudi Arabia where he resided and has immediate family. Mohammed el Gharani’s lawyers are urging the government not to appeal and Amnesty International joins their call.

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