USA: Sounding a note of urgency: Judge loses patience over Guantánamo case; detention and interrogation policy Task Forces delay reports

Index Number: AMR 51/084/2009

On 5 August 2009, almost 14 months after the US Supreme Court ruled that the Guantánamo detainees are entitled to a “prompt” habeas corpus hearing to challenge the lawfulness of their detention, a federal judge will hear the case of Mohammed Jawad, who was taken into US custody in 2002 in Afghanistan when he was still a child and who remains in Guantánamo more than six and a half years later. The judge’s patience with the US authorities appears to have run out.

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