Press Release 

Al Bakri Brief (pdf)

Al Najar Brief (pdf)

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 2, 2009-- On January 7th, in the first legal challenge of its kind on behalf of non-citizen detainees held at a US military prisons beyond Guantanamo Bay, the Honorable Judge John D. Bates of the U.S. District Court will hear oral arguments in four cases brought by the International Justice Network (IJNetwork). The cases are on behalf of prisoners held without charge for more than six years by the U.S. government at the Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. The hearing will take place at 10:00 AM in Courtroom 8 of the E. Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse (333 Constitution Ave., N.W.) in Washington, D.C.

At issue is whether detainees at Bagram are entitled to have their petitions for habeas corpus reviewed by U.S. courts. IJNetwork Litigation Director, Prof. Barbara Olshansky of Stanford Law School, will argue the case on behalf of petitioners in Al Maqalah v. Gates, et al.; Wazir, et al. v. Rumsfeld; and Al Najar v. Gates, et al. Yale Law School students Leah Belsky and Amanda Shanor will also appear on behalf of petitioner in Al Bakri v. Bush, et al.

WHEN: January 7th, 2009, 10:00 AM

WHERE: Barrett Prettyman United States Courthouse.
333 Constitution Avenue, N.W.,
Washington, D.C. 20001
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Contact: Mahdis Keshavarz
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