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Federal judge bars US from sending detainees abroad without notice

[JURIST] US District Judge Henry Kennedy [official profile] issued a preliminary injunction Tuesday ordering the military to give detainees' lawyers 30 days' notice before transferring a detainee from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] to the custody of foreign governments, allowing time for the transfer to be challenged. After considering whether US courts have jurisdiction to oversee decisions about where to move Gitmo detainees [JURIST report], Judge Kennedy said he was preventing transfers without advance notice to bar the government from "unilaterally and silently taking actions" to move detainees outside the reach of US courts. Read Judge Kennedy's memorandum opinion [PDF text] and order [PDF text]. The Washington Post has more.

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