US Judge Ricardo Urbina Upsets Bombastic BushCo's Applecart
Judge orders Chinese Muslims freed from Gitmo
Chinese, Muslim, Islamofascist terrorists?
Well, well, well. We do declare.
Hands up who knew.
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A federal judge has ordered the immediate release into the United States of 17 Chinese Muslims who have been held for several years in the U.S. military facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.And, good old Judge Ricardo flatly refused to let the matter rest, even at that.
A U.S. District Judge Ricardo Urbina on Tuesday ordered the 17 detainees to appear in his Washington courtroom at 10 a.m. Friday and said he would hold a hearing next week to determine under what conditions they will be settled in the United States.
The government late Tuesday afternoon announced it would file papers shortly with an appeals court seeking an emergency stay to stop the judge's order in its tracks.
The detainees are ethnic Uighurs, from a mostly Muslim autonomous region in western China.
They have been in government custody for seven years and have been cleared for release for the past four years to any country willing to take them. No countries have volunteered.
The judge, visibly impatient, told government lawyers he wants no delays.
"There is a pressing need for them to be released," Urbina declared.
"I have issued an order. I do not want these people interfered with in any way," the judge said.Read the rest of this (sorta semi-refreshing), report right here.
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