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Medical review upheld for Saudi prisoner at Guantanamo

Posted On: Aug 13, 2020   |   Posted By: My Sanantonio

WASHINGTON - A federal judge has turned back an effort to delay an independent medical review for a Saudi citizen held at the Guantanamo Bay detention center who was so badly mistreated in American custody that he cannot be put on trial.
U.S. District Judge Ellen Huvelle late Wednesday rejected the U.S. government's bid to put a hold on a March order that called for an independent panel of doctors to examine prisoner Mohammed al-Qahtani at the U.S. base in Cuba.
The Department of Justice has said it intends to appeal the March decision, which was issued by a judge who has since retired. But Huvelle noted in her ruling that, due to his health, the risk of delay to the prisoner “far outweighs” any potential harm to the government from dispatching a team of doctors to evaluate him.
Government lawyers, she wrote, “failed to demonstrate either a likelihood of success on the merits or that the balance of harms weighs in their favor.”
Al-Qahtani, who has been held at Guantanamo since early 2002, has long posed...

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