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Reporting from Washington -- The U.S. government may continue holding a group of 17 Chinese Muslims instead of releasing them in the United States, even though they are no longer considered dangerous, a federal appeals court ruled Wednesday in reversing an earlier decision.
Last October, a trial judge ordered all 17 men freed in the Washington, D.C., area after he determined that the Bush administration had no legal right to continue holding them at the U.S. military base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. They remained in custody pending the appeal.
The ruling "in no way limits the ability of the executive branch to release the Uighurs on its own," said Sharon Bradford Franklin, senior policy counsel for the Constitution Project, a legal advocacy group. "We therefore call on President Obama to choose the right course."
Originally posted by Duzey
The overturned ruling would have allowed them to live in the US, but now they are right back where they started.