Guantananmo detainees have been allowed to initiate appeals in Washington DC Courts since the passage of the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005 (DTA) closed off the right of Guantanamo captives to submit new petitions of habeas corpus. It substituted a right to a limited appeal to Federal Courts of appeal in Washington DC. The Act allowed detainees to challenge whether their Combatant Status Review Tribunals had correctly followed the rules laid out by the Department of Defense.
After the passage of the Military Commissions Act of 2006 (MCA) closed down the pending habeas corpus cases, attorneys for the detainees initiated both a challenge to the constitutionality of the MCA's stripping of the right to habeas corpus; and they started initiating the appeals in the DC Federal Courts of appeal allowed by the DTA.
June 2008 rulings
On June 12, 2008, in Boumediene v. Bush, the United States Supreme Court ruled the Combatant Status Review Tribunals provided the detainees with insufficient protection, and re-opened the detainees' access to file habeas corpus.
On June 23, 2008, a three judge panel reviewed the evidence used to justify Parhat's designation as an "enemy combatant" and ruled that he had never been an enemy combatant after all.
Bush Presidency response
On July 21, 2008 United States Attorney General Michael Mukasey called on the Congress to pass legislation controlling how judges would review the detainees' habeas petitions. Mukasey was seeking to have the legislation control what evidence should be made public, and to proscribe releasing any of the detainees within the USA.
January 2009 ruling
- "Had the Congress known its attempts to eliminate the habeas jurisdiction of the district courts would come to naught, it would not have turned around and created an additional and largely duplicative process by which a detainee could challenge his detention in the court of appeals."
Detainees who filed appeals in Federal Court
|103||Arkin Mahmud||By August 18, 2008, an unclassified return prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.|
|252||Yasin Mohammed Basardah [sic]|
|275||Abdul Sabour [sic]||
|277||Bahtiyar Mahnut||By August 18, 2008, an unclassified return prepared in response to a 2007 DTA appeal.|
|278||Abdul Nasser [sic]||
|281||Abdul Ghappar Abdul Rahman||
|282||Sabir Osman [sic]||
|285||Jalal Jalaldin [sic]||
|288||Motai Saib [sic]||
|295||Abdul Semet [sic]||
|320||Hozaifa Parhat||Parhat v. Gates||
|328||Hammad Memet [sic]||
|433||Jawad Jabbar Sadkhan Al-Sahlani||Case No. 07-1149||
|584||Adel Noori||no factual returns, other than one through a FOIA request filed by the Associated Press.|
|684||Mohammed Abdullah Taha Mattan|
|841||Hani Saleh Rashid Abdullah [sic]|
|968||Bismullah||Bismullah v. Gates|
|975||Karim Bostan [sic]|
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