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Lawyer for Deceased Gitmo Detainee Disputes Military’s Portrayal

As earlier covered on this blog, Awal Gul died of an apparent heart attack at Guantanamo last week.

The lawyer for the detainee has lashed out at the military’s portrayal of his client, saying Gul had resigned from the Taliban and that the government had never presented any evidence in years of litigation that Gul was “an admittedTaliban recruiter and commander of a military base in Jalalabad,” as the military’s statement announcing the death claimed.

The New York Times reports, in a February 4th article entitled "Lawyer Disputes Portrayal of Detainee:"

"W. Matthew Dodge, a lawyer who represented Mr. Gul in a habeas corpus lawsuit, called those claims “outrageous” and “slander.” He said that his client had resigned from the Taliban, and that in three years of litigation, the government never claimed or pointed to any evidence that his client had run any Qaeda house or admitted providing support to Mr. bin Laden."

For criticism of the Obama Administration's current detention policies, see Salon's Glenn Greenwald's article, entitled "Guantanamo Death Highlights U.S. Detention Policy:"

"Gul was imprisoned for 8 years without a shred of due process (outside of internal Bush Pentagon "administrative reviews") and finally had his Constitutional right to obtain habeas review affirmed by the Supreme Court in 2008.  His habeas petition was fully submitted and orally argued almost a full year ago, yet even in the face of his prolonged, due-process-free imprisonment, the federal judge presiding over the case just never bothered to rule on his claims.  There's a well-known legal maxim that "justice delayed is justice denied," but this goes well beyond merely violating that.  Taking almost a full year — at least — to decide a habeas petition for someone who is languishing in indefinite detention for their ninth year is simply inexcusable."

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