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USA: Federal judge rules that three Bagram detainees can challenge their detention in US court

, Index number: AMR 51/048/2009

On 2 April 2009, a US federal judge ruled that three detainees held in the US airbase in Bagram in Afghanistan can challenge the lawfulness of their detention in US District Court. The ruling is narrow and leaves numerous questions open but it is nonetheless a positive first step towards application of the rule of law to the Bagram detention facility. The new administration has not yet said whether it will appeal the ruling.

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