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Gitmo panel: Detainee wrongly named 'enemy combatant'

[JURIST] Navy Secretary Gordon England said Wednesday that a US Guantanamo Bay military panel had determined that one prisoner at the military detention facilty for terror suspects was incorrectly named an 'enemy combatant,' and that the individual will be allowed to return to his home country. Secretary England did not release any biographical information about the detainee and denied any pending financial compensation, saying only that the man is being moved to a 'transition facility' awaiting travel arrangements. A Pentagon spokeswoman said later that the prisoner had been captured in Afghanistan in August 2002. A transcript of Secretary England's press briefing in now available from the Defense Department here. AP has more. The Defense Department provides additional information about procedures and policies for Combatant Status Review Tribunals.

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