Guantanamo Bay detainee not to be transferred to Tunisia

Guantanamo Bay detainee not to be transferred to Tunisia
Guantanamo Bay detainee not to be transferred to Tunisia

Federal judge in Washington has blocked the Pentagon from transferring a Guantanamo Bay detainee to Tunisia.

Lawyers said the order by U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler was an unprecedented direct intervention in the case of a prisoner at Guantanamo Bay, where some 330 men accused of links to al-Qaida or the Taliban are held.

"It's the first time the judiciary has given a detainee any substantive right - in this case it is the right not to be tortured by the Tunisian government," said Joshua Denbeaux, the lawyer for Mohammed Abdul Rahman, the Tunisian detainee.