US judge orders Algerians freed

By | November 20, 2008

_44741674_delta_ap_226bodyFive Algerians held at Guantanamo Bay for almost seven years must be freed, a US judge has ruled.

Judge Richard Leon said the government had failed to prove they had planned to go to Afghanistan to fight US troops.

The men were arrested in Bosnia shortly after the 9/11 attacks and have been held without charge ever since. …

The judge called on the US government to take all necessary steps to allow the release of the five men “forthwith”.

But, says the BBC’s Kim Ghattas in Washington, that does not mean that the men will be freed very promptly.

The US government has the right to appeal against the ruling.

About 250 detainees accused of terrorism or links to al-Qaeda remain in the controversial detention camp in Cuba. Many of them are now in the process of challenging their detention.

US President-elect Barack Obama has promised to close Guantanamo Bay down once he takes office.- bbc

We once had this little saying…  “innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.”

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