Monday, August 24, 2009
The U.S. Department of Justice announced today that the government transferred Mohammed Jawad from Guantanamo Bay to Afghanistan. At the time of his detention, Jawad was the youngest detainee at Guantanamo. The government held him for over seven years before he got caught between the Bush administration's military commission system and the Obama's administration's efforts to revamp it. Last month, Judge Huvelle (D.D.C.) lambasted the government for its treatment of Jawad at a hearing in his habeas case. (I posted on the extraordinary hearing here.) Most recently, the government filed a notice that it would no longer treat Jawad as detainable.