Supreme Court refuses to hear Chinese Gitmo detainee case before appeals court Jeannie Shawl at 10:25 AM ET
[JURIST] The US Supreme Court [official website; JURIST news archive] on Monday refused to hear the appeal of two Chinese Uighur detainees who continue to be held at Guantanamo Bay [JURIST news archive] despite a determination that they are not enemy combatants. In December, US District Court Judge James Robertson ruled [opinion, PDF] that the Uighurs' detention was unlawful, but that the courts had no relief to offer the men as they could be tortured if released to China due to their Muslim faith [HRW report]. The detainees' lawyers appealed directly to the Supreme Court [JURIST report], but the Court on Monday denied certiorari, indicating that it would not hear the case before the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit considered the case.
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