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Federal Judge Orders Release of Gitmo Detainee Khaled Al-Mutairi

Khaled Al-Mutairi, a Kuwaiti detainee held at Guantanamo for the past 8 years, was ordered released today by U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly. Al-Mutairi was seized in Pakistan in 2001.

Judge Kollar-Kotelly ruled the Government has insufficient evidence to continue his detention and ordered him released. It's a final order, which means the Government can appeal. A declassified opinion should be issued within days.

Three more Kuwaitis remain in Guantanamo. All have been represented by David Cynamon of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman. Fawzi Al-Odah and Fouad Al Rabiah will receive habeas hearings in August, and Fayiz al-Kandari’s hearing is scheduled for September 2009.

Originally, there were 12. The U.S. released 8 back to Kuwait in 2005-2006. According to an email from the Kuwaiti Family Committee, upon their return to Kuwait, they were charged, tried and acquitted.

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