Obama administration wants Guantanamo suit tossed

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Posted: Jun 29, 2011 5:39 PM
Obama administration wants Guantanamo suit tossed

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Obama administration on Wednesday asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit by a Syrian man who sought compensation for alleged torture and inhumane treatment while at the U.S. military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Abdul Rahim Abdul Razak al Janko was released from the prison in 2009 after winning a court challenge to his detention, despite the U.S. government's contention that he had been part of the al Qaeda militant group in Afghanistan.

Last October he sued various officials of the Bush and Obama administrations accusing them of orchestrating and overseeing his torture, from being urinated on to lengthy sleep deprivation, harsh interrogations and severe beatings.

He also tried to commit suicide 17 times, the lawsuit said.

The Obama administration filed motions asking a judge to dismiss the lawsuit on various procedural grounds, including that the U.S. government is immune from such claims and the court lacks the jurisdiction to hear the case.

The administration also argued that too much time had passed since the actions allegedly took place and therefore his claims should be dismissed.

(Reporting by Jeremy Pelofsky; Editing by Eric Walsh)