US Supreme Court rules that Guantanamo Bay detainees have the right to challenge their detention in court
Boumediene v. Bush, 553 U.S. ___ (2008), was a writ of habeas corpus submission made in a civilian court of the United States on behalf of Lakhdar Boumediene, a naturalized citizen of Bosnia and Herzegovina, held in military detention by the United States at the Guantanamo Bay detention camps. The case was consolidated with habeas petition Al Odah v. United States. The case challenged the legality of Boumediene’s detention at the Guantanamo Bay military base as well as the constitutionality of the Military Commissions Act (MCA) of 2006. Oral arguments on the combined case were heard by the Supreme Court on December 5, 2007. On June 12, 2008, Justice Kennedy wrote the opinion for the 5-4 majority holding that the prisoners had a right to the habeas corpus under the United States Constitution and that the MCA was an unconstitutional suspension of that right.
PARIS: A former Guantanamo detainee taken in by France recounted his ordeal in an interview on Tuesday, saying he was subjected to 16 straight nights of interrogation at the US prison camp.
Algerian national Lakhdar Boumediene underwent harsh treatment in February 2003 at the hands of US interrogators who sought information on Muslim charity groups that he had worked for in Bosnia and on the Arab community in Sarajevo. “It would start at midnight and last until five in the morning,” Boumediene told the French daily Le Monde. “They would stop for a few hours then start again. There were six or seven of them and they would relay each other.