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Guantanamo Inmate Rejected by Supreme Court on 17-Year Detention

  • Inmate says hostilities have subsided in Afghanistan region
  • Breyer says court must confront issue of perpetual detention
Path To Closure Of US Detention Center At Guantanamo Bay Still Uncertain

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The U.S. Supreme Court turned away an appeal from one of the 40 inmates still being held at Guantanamo Bay, refusing to question the government’s power to continue to hold people there without criminal charges.

The inmate, Moath Hamza Ahmed al-Alwi, has been held at the U.S. naval base in Cuba for more than 17 years since he was captured in Pakistan, near the border of Afghanistan. He argued that the government’s power to detain people as enemy combatants has expired given that hostilities in the region have largely subsided.