civilian court can't consider an ex-Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, detainee's claims he was taken, tortured, degraded and denied due process, a federal court ruled.
Sudanese national Adel Hassan Hamad, released from the military prison in Guantanamo Bay in 2007 and returned to his native country, filed a civil lawsuit in 2010 seeking damages from former Defense Secretary Robert Gates and other federal officials.
In a unanimous ruling Monday, a 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel vacated a lower court's ruling, finding it lacked jurisdiction over all of Hamad's claims, Courthouse News Service reported Monday. The federal appeals court also declined to consider Hamad's other issues on appeal for lack of jurisdiction.
A U.S. District Court in Seattle dismissed most of Hamad's civil claims based on sovereign immunity and lack of personal jurisdiction. The court found it had jurisdiction over the Fifth Amendment claim against Gates, but dismissed it, saying Hamad failed to show that Gates personally violated his rights.