December 31, 2008 in Nation/World

Judge rules two detainees held lawfully

Associated Press

WASHINGTON – Two Guantanamo Bay detainees, including a Yemeni man accused of being a bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, were correctly labeled as enemy combatants and are being held lawfully at the U.S. prison in Cuba, a federal judge ruled Tuesday.

It was the latest ruling by U.S. District Judge Richard J. Leon, who last month ordered five Algerians freed from the naval prison because the evidence against them was flimsy. That ruling led to the first court-ordered prison transfer from Guantanamo Bay.

In Tuesday’s ruling, Leon said Moath Hamza Amhed Al Alwi, of Tunisia, and Hisham Sliti, of Yemen, were being held lawfully. Both men were captured in Afghanistan, where prosecutors say they stayed with al-Qaida supporters.

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