A federal judge in Los Angeles lambasted the Bush administration Tuesday for failing to make good on its promise to hold military tribunals for more than 600 war-on-terror detainees being held at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
U.S. District Judge A. Howard Matz's criticism came in a written opinion rejecting a habeas corpus petition brought on behalf of Falen Gherebi, a 45-year-old Libyan who has been held prisoner by U.S. authorities for more than a year.
The petition asked that Gherebi be given access to a lawyer and granted a hearing on his status before a federal judge.
Citing an earlier ruling he issued in a related case, Matz said prisoners at Guantanamo are not entitled to seek relief in U.S. courts because the Guantanamo naval base is not under American sovereignty. The base is held under a century-old lease with Cuba.