Tuesday, October 12, 2010

D.C. Appeals Court Sides With U.S. in Gitmo Detainee's Disclosure Claim

A view of one of the guard towers at Guantanam...Image via Wikipedia
In Djamel Amaziane v. Barack Obama et al. (Docket No. 09-5236), the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit last week overturned a trial judge's ordered disclosure of information concerning  Algerian Djamel Amaziane, who has been detained at Guantanamo Bay Naval Station for more than eight years.

According to the Jurist Web site,  in a heavily redacted 19-page decision, the appeals court said the trial judge did not pay due deference to the government's claim that disclosure of sensitive information sought by Amaziane would compromise the nation's security and foreign policy interests. Still outstanding is a decision by the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights on Amaziane's August 2008, complaint alleging that he was tortured and denied medical care, among other alleged abuses of his human rights, in violation of the American Declaration of the Rights and Duties of Man.

Amaziane further alleges he has been deprived of a timely review of his habeas corpus petition
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