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Judge blocks out-of-country transfers of Guantanamo detainees

[JURIST] US District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer [official profile] late Saturday blocked out-of-country transfers of 13 Yemeni detainees held by the US at Guantanamo Bay pending a hearing on their lawyers' request for 30-days notice to allow investigation of whether they might face torture or indefinite detention in their home countries. The lawyers filed their action after learning earlier this week that the US planned to transfer large numbers of Guantanamo prisoners abroad [JURIST report] to foreign facilities where they might be endangered and would not be able to challenge their detentions in US federal court. Additional actions have already been filed by lawyers for other Guantanamo prisoners and still more are expected to be filed Sunday. The New York Times has additional coverage of the story. Also Saturday, the Defense Department announced it had transferred three Guantanamo detainees to Afghanistan, Maldives and Pakistan for release after Combatant Status Review Tribunals [DOD backgrounder] found them to have been improperly classified as "enemy combatants." Read the full DOD press release.

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