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Federal Judge orders release of Chinese Muslims from Guantanamo.

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Washington, D.C., October 7th, 2008, (Reuters).- A federal judge ordered the Bush administration to

Two uighurs still in prision. It's not known whether in China or Guantanamo.

Two Uighurs still in prision. It's unknown whether in China or Guantanamo

immediately free 17 Chinese Muslims from Guantanamo Bay into the United States, rebuking the government in a landmark decision that could set the stage for the release of dozens other prisoners in Cuba.

U.S. District Judge Ricardo M. Urbina said it would be wrong for the government to continue holding the detainees, known as Uighurs, since they are no longer considered enemy combatants, and who have been jailed for seven years without a trial, despite calls from government lawyers who claim they would be jailed without a trial if sent back to China.

“Because the Constitution prohibits indefinite detentions without cause, the continued detention is unlawful,” Urbina said in a ruling that brought cheers and applause from Uighurs and human rights activists. He also ordered a hearing for next week to decide where the Uighurs should be permanently settled. Until then, they will work in sweatshops in D.C.’s Chinatown.

Justice Department attorney John C. O’Quinn’s request to delay the decision pending a possible appeal was denied by Urbina, who said the detainees had waited long enough. “One would think that if they’ve spent 7 years in jail without cause, surely they can wait there for a few weeks more,” said O’Quinn.

The Uighurs, who are Turkic-speaking Muslims in western China, have been cleared for release from Guantanamo since 2004 and ordinarily they would be sent home. But they haven’t been sent back to China because they are considered terrorists there and could be tortured. “Under those circumstances, we’d rather have them considered terrorists at Guantanamo and have them tortured there,” said O’Quinn.

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Bin Laden’s driver convicted, gardener and cook still on the loose

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File photo of Osama Bin Laden with his butler Yasser Ghat Avar Yawish, who is also look for by the U.S. forces for ironing clothes that were used to support terrorism.

File photo of Osama Bin Laden with his butler Yasser Ghat Avar Yawish, who is also looked for by the U.S. forces for ironing clothes that were used to support terrorism.

Guantanamo Bay Naval Base, Cuba, August 7th, 2008 (Reuters).- A U.S. military jury sentenced Osama bin Laden’s driver Salim Hamdan to 6 months of house arrest and a fine of 3 million afghani (approx. 4.75 dollars), followed by anger management therapy and 1 month of community service, a surprise rebuke to Pentagon prosecutors who portrayed him as a member of the al-Qaida leader’s inner circle worthy of 2 life and 4 death sentences and penalty fees on over 30 speeding tickets.

Still U.S. authorities insist they could give him sub-human status and hold him indefinitely without charge at Guantanamo.

The judge, Navy Capt. Keith Allred, called Hamdan “small game,” and the jury apparently agreed, rejecting the recommendation of prosecutors who said that even giving him only two death sentences would send a message to would-be terrorists.

“I hope the day comes that you return to your wives an concubines and mistresses, and you’re able to be a provider and a husband in the best sense of all those terms,” Allred told Hamdan at the close of the hearing.

The prisoner, dressed in a dish-dash-ah and a shumagg, responded: “Adrusu allughah al arabia mundu shahr,” as he left the courtroom.

This case sets a precedent for next week’s trial of Bin Laden’s cook Bhada Fuhds, who was captured in a McDonald’s in Saudi Arabia, posing as a part time employee.

Bin Laden’s gardener and maid are still at large. The Bush administration has made a case against them arguing that had they not provided Bin Laden with a comfortable surrounding, he would not have had the concentration required to mastermind the 9/11 attacks.