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Cleared Guantanamo detainees still being held

[JURIST] Fifteen Guantanamo [JURIST news archives] detainees who have been cleared of wrongdoing in March by Combatant Status Review Tribunals [DOD factsheet, PDF] that concluded they were not properly classed as "enemy combatants" are still being held at the facility more than two months later, according to a Reuters report Wednesday. The Pentagon says it has delayed their release because of concerns with possible abuses the men may face when they return to their home country; US law prohibits returning suspects to countries where they will likely be tortured. The US government has not provide names or nationalities of the 15 men, and has not said which country concerns them. Other prisoners cleared in March have since been returned to Afghanistan and Turkey. The 15 remaining men are segregated from the rest of the detainees and are now housed in a lower-security environment while arrangements are made for them to return home. Reuters has more.

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