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Judge orders release of schizophrenic Guantanamo detainee

Published time: October 05, 2013 02:41
AFP Photo / Chantal Valery

AFP Photo / Chantal Valery

A federal judge has ordered the US to release a Guantanamo Bay prisoner suffering from mental illness who has spent much of his 11 years at the prison in a psychiatric ward.

Judge Royce Lamberth of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued a release order Friday for Ibrahim Idris of Sudan, who was never formally charged for a crime despite being held at the US naval base as an enemy combatant.

Lamberth issued the order after US Department of Justice lawyers filed court papers earlier this week stating that the government would not oppose his release as it had previously.

Idris’ legal counsel has long argued that his illness was too great for him to pose a security threat.

Idris was captured with Al-Qaeda fighters by Pakistani forces in 2001 while attempting to cross into Afghanistan.

He was diagnosed with schizophrenia by a US Army psychiatrist not long after his arrival at Guantanamo in 2002.

Comments (5)


Mick McNulty 07.10.2013 10:30

Guantanamo has stained America forever and they can never scrub it from their history.
I still believe it is only the strength of Arab resistance to American expansion which prevents Guantanamo from becoming a place of quick trial and execution - a death camp for all who dare stand up to neo-fascism - and if America ever becomes unassailable that is what it will become, as planned, then more will follow.


Helical 06.10.2013 18:26

If a judge can release one, why not ALL of them, especially those who have never had a charge laid against them?


Debra Cuomo 06.10.2013 17:12

Recidivism rate is high. What are the chances we hear from this guy again...?

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