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Judge Orders Gitmo Prisoner's Release



    Judge Orders Gitmo Prisoner's Release
    A Justice Department spokesman said he could not comment yet on whether the government would appeal Guantanamo detainee Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed's release.

    A federal judge on Monday ordered a Yemeni man released from Guantanamo Bay after seven years' detention.

    U.S. District Judge Gladys Kessler says the United States should take all necessary diplomatic steps to release Alla Ali Bin Ali Ahmed. He was picked up seven years ago by Pakistani forces in a prayer house that the United States said was run by a high-ranking al-Qaida operative.

    Other Guantanamo detainees have been ordered released by the courts but remain at the prison because no other country will accept them.

    The judge gave the United States until June 15 to report back on the status of his release. Justice Department spokesman Dean Boyd said the decision is under review and that he can't comment yet on whether the government will appeal.

    The United States argued that Ahmed, held as detainee 692, was associated with al-Qaida and the Taliban. Prosecutors said he traveled to Faisalabad, Pakistan, in October 2001 and stayed at an al-Qaida guesthouse for about four months before being captured during a raid on the house in March 2002.

    Ahmed's attorneys argued he was not a member of al-Qaida or any terrorist group and had no involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. They said he did not participate in any armed conflict at any time or attempt to harm any Americans before he was picked up.