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Ahmed Belbacha and Salah Belbacha v. George W. Bush et al.

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  • Ahmed Belbacha
  • Salah Belbacha
  • George W. Bush, President of the United States
  • Robert M. Gates, Secretary of Defense
  • Rear Admiral Mark H. Buzby, Commander, Joint Task Force – Guantánamo
Categories Torture
Keywords Guantanamo Bay, judicial cooperation, torture
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Procedural history

27 July 2007 - District Court Order
10 August 2007 - US Supreme Court Petition for a Writ of Habeas Corpus
03 August 2007 - Emergency Application for Stay
03 August 2007 - Court of Appeals Order
18 March 2008 - DC Appeals Court Opinion
05 April 2010 - Emergency Motion for Stay
27 April 2010 - Petition for initial hearing en banc
20 May 2010 - Motion to Dismiss en banc petition
20 May 2010 - Petitioner's Opposition to Motion to Dismiss

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Legally relevant facts

Ahmed Belbacha, an Algerian detainee at Guantanamo Bay, has pursued a range of legal efforts to avoid being returned to Algeria, where he claims that he will be subject to torture. Belbacha has been approved to leave Guantanamo since February 2007, but has asked the US courts to block his return amid his safety fears.

In their latest filing, lawyers for Belbacha filed a petition to reopen the case of Kiyemba v. Obama et al. (‘Kiyemba II’), stating that he is directly affected by the decision which the petition argues is inconsistent with the ruling in Boumediene on the legal rights of detainees.

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