Guantanamo Detainee, Al-Qaida Backer Loses Constitutional Case

Aug. 28, 2020, 6:31 PM

A Yemeni businessman held at the U.S. Naval Station at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will continue his confinement after losing an appeal Friday at the D.C. Circuit.

Abdulsalam Ali Abdulrahman Al Hela was known to be affiliated with al-Qaida when he went missing in 2002. In 2004, U.S. forces took custody of Al Hela and placed him at Guantanamo, the court said in an opinion by Judge Neomi Rao.

Al Hela claimed that the president lacked authority to detain him under the Authorization for Use of Military Force and the National Defense Authorization Act, and that his due process rights were ...

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