Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit of Former Gitmo Prisoner

By:  Joe Wolverton, II
12/27/2011
       
Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit of Former Gitmo Prisoner

On December 22, a judge from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order granting  a motion to dismiss a complaint filed by Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Janko, a former prisoner at the Navy’s Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba.  In the suit, Janko, a Syrian national, alleges that while detained at the Guantanamo Bay facility he was subjected to torture by agents of the United States government and armed forces. 

 

On December 22, a judge from the United States District Court for the District of Columbia issued an order granting  a motion to dismiss a complaint filed by Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Janko (photo), a former prisoner at the Navy’s Guantanamo Bay Detention Facility in Cuba.

In the suit, Janko, a Syrian national, alleges that while detained at the Guantanamo Bay facility he was subjected to torture by agents of the United States government and armed forces. 

The plaintiff was held in Afghanistan by U.S. military forces in January 2002 and imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, from May 2002 until October 2009.
 
In June 2009,  Janko was released from detention after a judge determined that the government failed to establish plaintiff’s lawful status as an “enemy combatant.” Accordingly, his habeas corpus petition was granted and he was released from American custody on October 7, 2009.
 
Nearly one year after his release from Guantanamo, Janko filed a complaint seeking damages against 26 individual defendants, 100 unnamed "Jane" and "John Doe" defendants, and the United States, alleging that he was subjected to abusive treatment while detained by the U.S. military both in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo.

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