WASHINGTON, April 2 (UPI) -- Three detainees at a U.S. prison in Afghanistan can challenge their status in the U.S. courts, a federal judge ruled Thursday.
U.S. District Judge John Bates found that the cases of the three are similar to those of detainees held in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and that Supreme Court rulings on those detainees apply, The Washington Post reported. Bates ruled that they can file habeas corpus petitions in the United States.
The three who challenged their detention at Bagram Air Base were picked up outside Afghanistan. Bates deferred ruling on a fourth man who is an Afghan citizen.
"This is a great day for American justice," said Ramzi Kassem, a lawyer for one of the detainees. "Today, a U.S. federal judge ruled that our government cannot simply kidnap people and hold them beyond the law."
About 650 people are being held at Bagram but most were detained in Afghanistan.