For Immediate Release
Court Hears Appeal from Former Guantánamo Detainees in Damages Case
Men Were Abused Even after Military Found Them Not to Be “Enemy Combatants”
WASHINGTON - A federal appeals court heard argument today on a civil lawsuit brought by six men formerly held at Guantánamo who were wrongly detained and abused while at the prison. The suit, one of the few Guantánamo damages suits still being litigated, was brought against former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and other military officials for the torture, religious abuse and other mistreatment of plaintiffs. A lower court dismissed the suit last year, holding primarily that the law in the federal courts left it unclear whether torture and religious abuse were prohibited at the time, despite the fact that, in some cases, the men were held and abused for two years after the Supreme Court’s first ruling in favor of the detainees.
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