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Federal judge denies Afghan Guantanamo detainee habeas petition

Jurist reports on October 20, 2010, in an article entitled "Federal judge denies Afghan Guantanamo detainee habeas petition," that a judge for the US District Court for the District of Columbia on Tuesday denied the habeas corpus petition of Afghan Guantanamo Bay detainee Obaidullah.

The court concluded that Obaydullah is more likely than not a member of an al Qaeda bomb cell committed to the destruction of US and Allied forces. Obaidullah was initially charged by the military in 2008 with hiding and storing anti-tank mines to be deployed against US forces in Afghanistan. He has been held at Guantanamo since 2002. Judge Richard Leon:

"Combining all of this evidence and corroborated intelligence, the mosaic that emerges unmistakably supports the conclusion that it is more likely than not that petitioner Obaydullah was in fact a member of an al Qaeda bomb cell committed to the destruction of US and Allied forces. As such, he is lawfully detainable under the Authorization for Use of Military Force."

In January, the Department of Justice decided upon a military prosecution for Obaidullah. The case was passed over to the Pentagon, which will now decide whether to formally try Obaidullah in a military commission.

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