Qassim v. Bush
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In late 2001, Abu Bakker Qassim and A'Del Abdu Al-Hakim were both captured and transferred to United States custody in Afghanistan, where they were later held at "Camp Delta" on the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base as enemy combatants. In 2005, the Combatant Status Review Tribunal (CSRT) determined them to be "no longer enemy combatants" (NLECs). They are currently in legal limbo as they refuse to go back to their native China for fear of torture and the United States refuses to admit them into the country.
They petitioned the United States District Court for the District of Columbia for a writ of habeas corpus which was later denied on December 22, 2005. The District Court found that the federal courts have "no relief to offer." On January 17, 2006, while on appeal to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, Qassim and al-Hakim petitioned the Supreme Court of the United States for a writ of certiorari, which was denied without explanation on April 17, 2006. Their case was scheduled for oral argument on May 8, 2006.
The United States released the petitioners to Albania on May 5, 2006, three days before oral argument was to begin in the Court of Appeals. On an emergency motion filed later that day by the United States, the case was dismissed as moot. Barbara Olshansky, one of the Uighur's lawyers, characterized the sudden transfer as an attempt to: "...avoid having to answer in court for keeping innocent men in jail, "
Eligible to seek relief
As of July 18, 2008, Mr. Qassim continues to live in Albania where he has difficulty attempting to have a new life without his friends and family. Mr. Hakim now resides in Sweden with his sister and her family. His application for asylum was denied and is on appeal.
- Rasul v. Bush
- Hamdan v. Rumsfeld
- Abu Bakker Qassim
- A'Del Abdu Al-Hakim
- Uyghur detainees in Guantanamo
- Albania takes Guantanamo Uighurs, BBC, May 6, 2006
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- Robertson, James (22 December 2005), Memorandum: Qassim v. Bush (Civil Action 05-0497) (PDF), District of Columbia: United States District Court for the District of Columbia, archived from the original (PDF) on 8 December 2006, retrieved 28 June 2009
- Susan Baker Manning (2008-07-18). "Guantanamo Bay Detainee Litigation: Doc 120 -- Status Report" (PDF). United States Department of Justice. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- PACER 60-day schedule - D.C. Circuit Circuit oral argument calendar
- Brief of the Petitioners-Appelants (Qassim) (PDF)
- Brief for Respondent (Government) (PDF)
- Reply Brief of the Petitioners-Appelants (Qassim) (PDF)
- Supreme Court of the United States - Docket No. 05-892
- Brief for the Respondents (USDOJ) in Opposition - No. 05-892 PDF)
- "Uyghur American Association As Amicus Curiae in Support of Petitioners' Request For a Writ of Certiorari Before Judgement" (PDF). (173 KB)
- "Amicus Curiae Brief for the ACLU in Support of the Petition for Certiorari" (PDF). (1.02 MB)