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US Supreme Court refuses to block Guantanamo detainee transfer to Algeria

[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Friday denied [PDF text] the request of Guantanamo Bay detainee Ahmed Belbacha [BBC profile] to stay his transfer to Algeria [JURIST report]. Belbacha has been cleared for release from Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive], but he has says that he will be tortured and perhaps killed if returned to Algeria.

Belbacha filed the emergency application for a stay [PDF text; SCOTUSblog report] last week after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit lifted its stay [order, PDF] on Belbacha's transfer. The appeals court instead put the case on an expedited schedule [JURIST report]. US District Judge Rosemary M. Collyer ruled [AP report] last month the the court lacked jurisdiction to consider the challenge. AP has more.

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