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Federal court dismisses Gitmo prisoners' claims of habeas

[JURIST] US District Judge Richard Leon [official profile] Wednesday dismissed the claims of seven Guantanamo Bay prisoners who had contested the fairness of their continued detention. Judge Leon said in his opinion [PDF]: "To the extent that these non-resident detainees have rights, they are subject to both the military review process already in place and the laws Congress has passed defining the appropriate scope of military conduct towards the detainees." He indicated that any extension or modification of the detainees rights should be done by the political branches. In addition, the opinion stated foreign nationals captured and detained by US forces outside the US have no constitutional rights. The US DC District Court is still deciding whether similar claims by 10 other Gitmo detainees can be heard. Reuters has more.

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