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Tunisia criticizes US decision blocking Guantanamo detainee transfer

[JURIST] The Tunisian government Thursday condemned torture as "reprehensible," criticizing US District Judge Gladys Kessler for blocking the transfer [JURIST report] of a Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainee to Tunisia because he faced a threat of torture. In her decision last week, Kessler granted a preliminary injunction [order, PDF] preventing the Defense Department from transferring Mohammed Abdul Rahman [Wikipedia profile] until the Supreme Court rules in a case currently on its docket concerning the rights of Guantanamo detainees [JURIST report].

Human Rights Watch reported earlier this month that Tunisian officials were abusing two former Guantanamo Bay detainees [JURIST report] since their transfer [JURIST report] in June. Since 2002, approximately 435 detainees have been transferred out of Guantanamo and approximately 330 detainees remain [press release], ten of whom are from Tunisia. AP has more.

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