Guantanamo detainees' appeals in Washington, D.C. courts

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Guantananmo detainees have been allowed to initiate appeals in Washington DC Courts since the passage of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (DTA) closed off the right of Guantanamo captives to submit new petitions of habeas corpus. It substituted a right to a limited appeal to Federal Courts of appeal in Washington DC.[1] The Act allowed detainees to challenge whether their Combatant Status Review Tribunals had correctly followed the rules laid out by the Department of Defense.

After the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) closed down the pending habeas corpus cases, attorneys for the detainees initiated both a challenge to the constitutionality of the MCA's stripping of the right to habeas corpus; and they started initiating the appeals in the DC Federal Courts of appeal allowed by the DTA.

June 2008 rulings[edit]

On June 12, 2008, in Boumediene v. Bush, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Combatant Status Review Tribunals provided the detainees with insufficient protection, and re-opened the detainees' access to file habeas corpus.

On June 23, 2008, a three judge panel reviewed the evidence used to justify Parhat's designation as an "enemy combatant" and ruled that he had never been an enemy combatant after all.[2][3][4][5][6][7]

Bush Presidency response[edit]

On July 21, 2008 United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey called on the Congress to pass legislation controlling how judges would review the detainees' habeas petitions.[8][9][10] Mukasey was seeking to have the legislation control what evidence should be made public, and to proscribe releasing any of the detainees within the USA.

January 2009 ruling[edit]

On January 9, 2009, Douglas H. Ginsburg, writing for the panel, ruled that the court would not hear any additional DTA appeals.[11]

"Had the Congress known its attempts to eliminate the habeas jurisdiction of the district courts would come to naught, it would not have turned around and created an additional and largely duplicative process by which a detainee could challenge his detention in the court of appeals."[11]

Detainees who filed appeals in Federal Court[edit]

isn names case notes
103 Arkin Mahmud By August 18, 2008, an unclassified return prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
252 Yasin Mohammed Basardah [sic]
  • On November 5, 2008 the panel suspended his appeal on jurisdictional grounds.[13][14][15]
275 Abdul Sabour [sic]
  • By August 18, 2008, an unclassified return prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
277 Bahtiyar Mahnut By August 18, 2008, an unclassified return prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
278 Abdul Nasser [sic]
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
280 Khalid Ali
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
281 Abdul Ghappar Abdul Rahman
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
282 Sabir Osman [sic]
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
285 Jalal Jalaldin [sic]
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
288 Motai Saib [sic]
On May 16, 2007, Saib filed a Petition for Release and Other Relief Under Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (“DTA Petition”).[16][17] In light of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Boumediene, Respondents filed a motion to hold the DTA Petition in abeyance, or in the alternative, to dismiss the DTA Petition, pending the conclusion of his Habeas Petition. Saib has filed a response stating that he does not oppose the abeyance of the DTA Petition, but does oppose dismissal of the DTA Petition.
295 Abdul Semet [sic]
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
320 Hozaifa Parhat Parhat v. Gates
  • On June 23, 2008, a three judge panel reviewed the evidence used to justify Parhat's designation as an "enemy combatant" and ruled that he had never been an enemy combatant after all.
328 Hammad Memet [sic]
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
433 Jawad Jabbar Sadkhan Al-Sahlani Case No. 07-1149
Jawad also has a Petition under the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (“DTA”) pending in the Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, Case No. 07-1149.[16][18] On June 21, 2007, Jawad filed a classified Motion for Production and Protective Order requesting two specific categories of exculpatory evidence known to be in the Government’s possession and now sought in this habeas corpus action. This motion has been fully briefed in the Court of Appeals since July 9, 2007, and the Government continues to refuse to produce clearly exculpatory evidence. The Government asked that Jawad’s DTA action be stayed. Jawad opposed this request, noting that the Supreme Court has held that “both the DTA and the CSRT process remain intact.” Boumediene v. Bush, 533 U.S. ___, slip op. at 66 (June 12, 2008).
584 Adel Noori no factual returns, other than one through a Freedom of Information Act request filed by the Associated Press.[12]
684 Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan
  • On July 18, 2008, Sozi P. Tulante filed a Status Report that states a DTA appeal was initiated on his behalf.[19]
  • By August 18, 2008, both unclassified and classified returns prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.[12]
841 Hani Saleh Rashid Abdullah [sic]
  • On 18 July 2008 Charles H. Carpenter (American lawyer) filed a Status Report where he wrote that Abdullah had a DTA appeal filed on his behalf.[20][21]
968 Bismullah Bismullah v. Gates
  • Bismullah's case has been the subject of multiple filings as to the scope that detainees' attorneys should be given to the material behind the summarized allegation.[22][23][24][25][26]
975 Karim Bostan [sic]
  • On July 18, 2008 when Michael Caruso re-initiated Bostan's habeas petition he stated that he had an outstanding DTA appeal.[27]
10020 Majid Khan
The government’s position that Khan may not use in his habeas case presumptively classified information obtained in connection with his DTA case stands in direct contrast to the position taken by the government in other Guantánamo detainee habeas cases.[28] See, e.g., Resp’ts’ Resp. to Uighur Pet’rs’ Motion to Use CSRTs Provided in DTA Action in this Case at 1-2, In re Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation, Misc. No. 08-442 (TFH) (D.D.C. filed Aug. 1, 2008) (dkt. no. 228) (“Subject to adherence to the standard protective orders entered in each of the habeas cases, respondents agree that these petitioners may use the classified CSRT records already filed in their DTA action here in their habeas cases, as long as that is done in a manner consistent with the protective orders.”).

References[edit]

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  19. ^ Sozi P. Tulante (2008-08-18). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 95 -- status report" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 2008-08-22. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  20. ^ Charles H. Carpenter (2008-08-18). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 99 -- notice of filing of his Status Report for Hani Saleh Rashid Abdullah" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Archived from the original on 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-08-21. 
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