Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Imprisoned For Nearly Five Years Without Charge

STRASBOURG, France, Sept. 27 /U.S. Newswire/ -- As the United States Administration seeks new legislation stripping Guantanamo prisoners of the right -- now affirmed twice by the U.S. Supreme Court -- to judicial review of their imprisonment, attorneys for Lakhdar Boumediene, a Bosnian citizen imprisoned for nearly five years without charge at Guantanamo, today filed an application in the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg against Bosnia and Herzegovina for on-going violations of the European Convention on Human Rights.

Boumediene's wife, commenting on the application stated, "I want peace, law and justice. I desperately want my husband back home with me and the girls. My daughters and I both really miss him and need him. It will be five years in October that he has been separated from us. I hope that this suit brings justice."  ...

[Despite] two U.S. Supreme Court rulings confirming Boumediene has a right to a federal court hearing to review the government's claimed reasons for his imprisonment, Boumediene continues to languish while the administration tries to persuade U.S. legislators again to strip that right.


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