Judge Orders Release of Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Jawad

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Judge Orders Release of Guantánamo Detainee Mohammed Jawad

ACLU Client to Be Returned Home to Afghanistan

WASHINGTON - WASHINGTON - A federal judge today
ordered the government to release Guantánamo detainee and American
Civil Liberties Union client Mohammed Jawad, who has been illegally
detained by the U.S. for almost seven years. The Afghan government has
indicated that it is prepared to receive Jawad immediately and
unconditionally. U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle gave the Justice
Department until August 21 to release Jawad from Guantánamo and
transfer him to the custody of the Afghan government.

Judge Huvelle also ordered the
Justice Department to inform Congress of its plans for returning Jawad
to Afghanistan by August 6, and to produce a report on the status of
his repatriation by August 24.

The following can be attributed to
Jonathan Hafetz, staff attorney with the ACLU National Security Project
and one of Jawad's lawyers in his habeas corpus case:

"Judge Huvelle made clear that Mr.
Jawad has been illegally detained and the government has no credible
evidence to continue holding him. We are pleased that the Justice
Department has expressed a commitment to getting him home so that this
nightmare of abuse and injustice can finally come to an end."

Judge Huvelle's order is available online at: www.aclu.org/safefree/detention/40543lgl20090730.html

More information about Jawad's case is available at: www.aclu.org/jawad

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