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Friday, March 23, 2007

Ex-detainees claim abuse after US tribunal ruled them not 'enemy combatants'
Gabriel Haboubi at 3:55 PM ET

[JURIST] The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) [advocacy website] announced Friday that it has amended its case against former Secretary of State Donald Rumsfeld [press release; amended complaint, PDF] to include as plaintiffs two former Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] detainees who claim that even after the military's Combatant Status Review Tribunal [DOD backgrounder] found them not to be enemy combatants, they were still held and subject to beatings for a further two years. The case, Celikgogus et al v. Rumsfeld et al. [CCR backgrounder], was filed in the US District Court for the District of Columbia [official website] and involves three other former Guantanamo Bay detainees who claim various mistreatment including beatings and humiliation.

The two former detainees added by CCR Wednesday are Abu Muhammad, a 43 year old medical doctor and Algerian refuge whose family lives in Pakistan, and Zakirjan Hasam, an Uzbekistan native who fled that country because of religious persecution. Both men were released, against their wishes, in Albania. AP has more.

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