Young prisoner to sue US
KABUL. One of the youngest detainees held at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay will sue the United States for compensation, his...
KABUL. One of the youngest detainees held at the US detention center in Guantanamo Bay will sue the United States for compensation, his lawyers say.
Mohammed Jawad was released and arrived in his native Afghanistan earlier this week. His family says he was 12 at the time of his detention in 2002.
He was in custody for seven years.
The Pentagon says a bone scan showed he was about 17 when taken into custody.
“The way forward right now is to avail the Afghanistan government and the US government of funding to help train him and get him back to normalcy," Mr Jawad's lawyer Major Eric Montalvo said.
Mr Jawad's release was ordered last month by US District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle, who described the US government's case against him as "an outrage" that was "riddled with holes".
His family and lawyers say Mr Jawad was subjected to torture while in detention.
US President Barack Obama has pledged to close the prison at Guantanamo Bay by January 2010.