fuck it, their muslims LOCK THEM UP!
Judge orders Chinese Muslims at Guantanamo freed
Tue Oct 7, 2008 1:10pm EDT
By James Vicini
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A federal judge on Tuesday, in a rebuke to the Bush administration, ordered the release in the United States of 17 Chinese Muslims who have been held at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay.
U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina read his ruling from the bench at a hearing to consider the appeals by the members of the Uighur ethnic group, who are seeking their release from the military prison and asking to come to the United States.
The judge said there was no evidence the detainees, who have been held at Guantanamo for nearly seven years, were "enemy combatants" or a security risk, and that the U.S. Constitution prohibits indefinite detention without cause
. He ordered them brought to the court for a hearing on Friday.
The ruling was a setback for the Bush administration, which argued that federal judges do not have the authority to order the release into the United States of the detainees.
It was unclear how soon the prisoners might be released and whether or not their release would be delayed by Justice Department appeals.
Attorneys for the prisoners said the ruling marked the first time a federal court had ever ordered the release into the United States of any prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay.
The Uighurs had been living in a camp in Afghanistan during the U.S.-led bombing campaign that began in October 2001. They fled into the mountains and were detained by Pakistani authorities, who handed them over to the United States.
The Uighurs remain at the prison even though the U.S. military no longer considers them "enemy combatants."
The United States has been unable to find a country willing to accept them.
In 2006, the United States allowed five Chinese Muslims released from Guantanamo to seek asylum in Albania. The U.S. government has said it cannot return the Uighurs to China because they would face persecution there.
Many Muslim Uighurs, who are from Xinjiang in far western China, seek greater autonomy for the region and some want independence. Beijing has waged a relentless campaign against what it calls their violent separatist activities.
There are about 265 detainees at Guantanamo, which was set up in January of 2002 to hold terrorism suspects captured after the September 11 attacks. Most have been held for years without being charged and many have complained of abuse.
The group Human Rights Watch said the Uighurs should be freed and given parole status in the United States,
"The Uighur detainees have been held at Guantanamo for nearly seven years, even though the government acknowledges they should be freed," said Jennifer Daskal of Human Rights Watch. "Since Washington has failed to resettle the Uighurs elsewhere, it should parole them into the United States."
If the detainees are allowed to come to the United States, a Chinese Muslim association in the Washington, D.C., area has offered to help them find work and housing.
The judge planned to issue a written opinion and an order in the case on Wednesday, a court official said.
(Editing by David Alexander and Alan Elsner)
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