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

Index Number: AMR 51/006/2009

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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