Judge rules U.S. detention of Kuwaiti at Guantanamo is legal

A federal judge has upheld the military detention of a Kuwaiti man whose lawyers were among the earliest and most persistent challengers of President George W. Bush's right to lock him up as an enemy combatant at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Fawzi al Odah, 32, was captured in the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in December 2001 and has been held lawfully since, U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly wrote in a partially censored ruling, which was released late Monday.

Her Aug. 24 decision raised to seven the number of Guantanamo detentions upheld by federal judges hearing habeas corpus petitions, compared to the 29 men at Guantanamo whom judges have ordered freed.

About 200 more cases are working their way through the federal court in Washington, D.C., even as President Barack Obama has ordered the prison camps emptied by early next year.

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