WASHINGTON — A US appeals court says an Algerian protesting his Guantanamo detention deserves a new lower court review — to determine whether he was part of Al Qaeda, not just a supporter.
A three-judge panel of the District of Columbia Circuit reversed a lower court decision that Belkacem Bensayah’s imprisonment was legal.
“The evidence upon which the district court relied, in concluding Bensayah supported Al Qaeda is insufficient . . . to show he was part of that organization,’’ Circuit Judge Douglas Ginsburg wrote.
Dozens of terrorism suspects have argued for their freedom from imprisonment at the Navy base in Cuba where they are held.